Occupational Therapy

What is occupational therapy and sensory integration?

Occupational therapy (OT) and sensory integration at Bryn Mawr Rehab helps patients who've experienced a debilitative injury or illness return to activities of daily living (ADL), such as dressing, eating, writing, shopping, toileting and driving.

Whether you're with us for an inpatient stay at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, or on an outpatient basis at one of locations in the western suburbs, our seasoned occupational therapists work collaboratively with you and your support team to create a personalized work plan, perfectly tailored to the particular functions of your day-to-day schedule.

Patients who require OT can be of any age, but are typically recovering from debilitating injuries or conditions like:

Occupational therapy and sensory integration can also help with ADLs such as:

  • Transferring to a bed, toilet or tub
  • Wheelchair-fitting and skills
  • Visual processing and ocular motor control
  • Returning to school, work and other daily activities

How long you require therapeutic assistance, whether inpatient or outpatient, is dependent on your individual needs.

How patients benefit from occupational therapy and sensory integration

Although life's most mundane tasks can be such a challenge in the aftermath of a life-altering injury or disease, the smallest accomplishments can be a tremendous victory during the course of recovery.

The team at Bryn Mawr Rehab takes a creative approach to teaching endurance, agility, and energy-conservation techniques. We begin every new patient relationship with a comprehensive evaluation to analyze the specific challenges you might encounter upon discharge and we then customize your therapy program, which may include any of the following services:

  • Custom splinting and casting
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Cognitive, perceptual and motor training
  • Functional vision retraining
  • Home exercise programs
  • Energy-conservation and joint-protection techniques
  • Durable medical equipment (DME) usage training

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