Our occupational therapists are skilled in training individuals for activities of everyday life. They help patients following a stroke or heart attack or those with progressive, debilitating diseases achieve more independence in all facets of their lives.
Children's Early Intervention
This program for infants, toddlers and young children with developmental disabilities includes a comprehensive evaluation by a physical therapist, occupational therapist or speech therapist, followed by an appropriate plan for continued therapy to help the child meet developmental milestones, help the family with care at home and help plan for the future in school. Our therapists work with children with a variety of diagnoses.
Driving Evaluation Program
A pre-driving assessment can assess the components of driving that may be compromised following a medical crisis (i.e. stroke, head injury, amputation) or due to memory loss. A driving simulator is used by our trained occupational therapists to determine physical and cognitive function, visual attention, reaction time, and perceptual skills. A trained occupational therapist can help determine how health impairments and other limitations may affect driving and can make recommendations to reduce risk in order to remain safe on the road.
Occupational therapists or speech therapists work with individuals with swallowing issues in order to obtain an in-depth clinical assessment. As part of this process, the individual may be assessed using a video swallow study. The intervention that follows will include diet changes, caregiver training, and exercise/instruction as appropriate. We also offer VitalStim therapy, a relatively new treatment technique, which uses small electrical currents to stimulate and re-educate the muscles involved in swallowing.
Repetitive strain injuries, work-related injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, pain-related syndromes, postsurgery and trauma/crush injuries are just a few of the upper-extremity problems that can be addressed by ValleyCare's occupational therapists and certified hand therapists. Treatment plans are personalized based on functional goals and rate of healing, and they follow established protocols based on the latest advancements in technology and methodology.