Occupational & Speech Therapy
Restoring Your Daily Function
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy helps people return to the activities that people want and need to do in their daily lives. Occupational therapists offer practical advice to support people for carrying out their daily activities.
Common examples of what they do include:
- helping people going through physical changes to carry on working
- helping people experiencing changes in how they think or remember things to carry on working
- helping people with disabilities take part in social situations, hobbies, or sports
- helping people with adapting task for activities of daily living after a physical or cognitive change
What is the difference between occupation and physical therapy?
Occupational therapy and physical therapy are often confused because specialists in both areas work with similar groups of people and offer practical support. However, these types of therapy are different.
Improving people’s ability to perform the tasks that they need to do in their everyday life is the focus of occupational therapy. OTs are functional specialists who adapt tasks to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Physical therapy is different because it focuses on helping people improve their movement. PTs are often called movement experts who improve quality of life for people with specific movement dysfunctions.
What is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapists evaluate and provide therapy for communication disorders for adults, including speech, language, swallowing, cognitive communication, social communication, fluency, voice disorders, and training for use of communication devices.
Conditions commonly treated with speech therapy include:
The Rehabilitation Team
Although PT, OT, and ST all have different skill sets, they all work together to provide care to patients whose lives have been affected by disease, injury, or disability. As a team, therapists help to address impairments in patients’ ability to move, speak, eat, walk, dress themselves, and otherwise participate in their normal daily lives.
Outpatient occupational and speech therapy services are provided at our New Wilmington location
Schedule an appointment
Schedule an appointment or call us to speak with our physical therapists to see if you are a candidate for occupational or speech therapy.