Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps people respond to information coming through the senses. LifeScape’s skilled team of experts helps people of all ages be as independent as possible in all areas of their life. They do this through developmental activities, sensory integration processing, play activities, and Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

What We Focus On

  • Fine motor skills such as reading, grasping, handwriting, and tool use
  • Independence in self-care, such as feeding, dressing, brushing teeth, bathing, and toileting
  • Visual, motor and visual perceptual skills
  • Help overcome sensory processing difficulties including over or under sensitivity to touch, sounds, smells, tastes, and movement
  • Increase independence through the use of adaptive equipment or assistive technology

Why Choose LifeScape Occupational Therapy

  • Covered by most third-party payors, including Medicaid
  • Therapy to address underlying factors, including sensory integration, primitive reflexes, motor planning, and fine motor skills
  • Largest number or pediatric trained staff in the region, many with advanced certifications in a variety of specializations.
  • Experience with developmental disabilities through the lifespan

Pediatric Feeding Therapy

From mild to complex, LifeScape assists families in overcoming feeding challenges. Our clinicians have advanced training in feeding therapy and use a variety of methods and approaches including but not limited to Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS), Beckman Oral Motor, TalkTools®, and Vital Stim® neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).

Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a dysfunction in the way the nervous system receives messages in the sensory system and turns them into motor or behavioral responses. When we respond in an atypical way to sensory information like touch, smell, taste, and movement, it can be a sign of sensory processing disorder.

In recent decades, medical professionals, teachers, and many others have improved our recognition of sensory processing problems, leading to improved recognition of the disorder in children. Adults that have managed their way through childhood and adolescence, with undiagnosed sensory processing disorder, may have adapted their lives and environments to match their sensory preferences. This may include avoiding foods with tastes or textures that are disturbing to them, living alone rather than roommates, or seeking out leisure activities that match sensitivities to sound, movement, touch, etc.

Adults who have been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, or adults who suspect they may have it, can seek out treatment at LifeScape when new challenges arise or adaptations just are not enough anymore.

Assistive Technology

Our Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs) find solutions to help people be independent. Starting with the evaluation, we recognize each person’s unique needs and provide the best solutions for maximum comfort and independence. Our clinicians are certified specialists in seating and positioning, powered mobility, augmentative communications, computer access, environmental controls, ergonomics, and sensory aids. On-site clinical equipment specialists and equipment technicians, in collaboration with physical and occupational therapists, assess and recommend the equipment needed for adults and children to be as comfortable, functional, and independent as possible.

We Offer Evaluations and Recommendations For:

  • Manual and power wheelchairs, power scooters, and custom seating components
  • Walkers and walking aids
  • Patients lifts and ramps
  • Medical therapy equipment: standers, positioning aids, transfer boards, bathrooms aids, and other “Aids for Daily Living.”
  • Specially trained rehab technicians on site to customize and repair equipment to meet the simplest to the most complex needs.

We realize even a simple equipment modification can have a huge impact on quality of life. Whether your assistive needs are simple or very complex, we’ll give you our full attention and expertise.

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