Frequently Asked Questions
How do I obtain services?
A prescription from your physician is required for occupational therapy and/or physical therapy services. Call the OTAS office once you have a prescription to schedule an appointment.
Are services covered by my insurance?
OTAS accepts most insurance plans. Coverage varies by insurance carrier. Contact the OTAS office and/or your insurance plan for specifics of your coverage
What is Occupational Therapy?
The use of productive or creative activities to maximize independence and promote well-being in the treatment or rehabilitation of individuals limited by illness or injury, cognitive impairment, psychosocial or mental illness, work-related injuries, developmental or learning disabilities, or the aging process.
What is Physical Therapy?
The treatment of physical dysfunction, injury or disability through the use of therapeutic exercise and the application of modalities.
What is the difference between Occupational and Physical Therapy?
Occupational therapy is treatment that helps individuals achieve independence and improve one's ability to perform daily activities and fulfill life roles. Physical therapists focus on the large motor groups that contribute to walking, reaching, standing and physical activities. They work on strength, balance, range of motion and swelling as well as pain to encourage independence.
Occupational and physical therapists frequently work together to help patients regain independence and maximize function.
What is Sensory Integration Therapy?
The neurological process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and the environment, thus making it possible to use the body effectively within the environment. For a more complete understanding visit Sensory Integration Therapy on this site.
How does Sensory Integration Therapy Work?
Sensory Integration therapy works by helping a person remediate or compensate for sensory processing disorders. The therapist looks at specific areas of difficulty and implements treatment to help address these areas. Activities for home and school are provided to help the individual in all life roles.
Who can Sensory Integration Therapy Help?
Individuals demonstrating dysfunction in any of the body’s senses; sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing, body awareness, or awareness of movement and position.
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Occupational therapy is the evaluation and treatment of individuals limited by physical illness or injury, cognitive impairment, psychosocial or mental illness, work-related injury, developmental or learning disability or the aging process. The role of an occupational therapist is to evaluate and provide treatment services to help a patient remediate or compensate for a loss of function.
Who needs it?
A variety of patients of all ages will benefit from occupational therapy services. Individuals with upper body injuries (i.e. fractures, tendon and nerve repair, cumulative trauma disorders, etc.) benefit from treatment to help regain strength and function and return to previous work and leisure activities. People with neurological disorders such as a stroke, head injury, MS, etc. benefit from services to help regain independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Children with developmental disabilities and learning disorders need occupational therapy to enable developing functional school and community skills.
Patients receive a one-on-one initial examination and evaluation with an occupational therapist. The therapist will discuss the diagnosis of the injury and present an individualized treatment care plan along with a prognosis for return to optimal health. OTAS occupational therapy professionals have expertise in pediatric services including Sensory Integration. We also have expertise in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, splint/orthotic fabrication and home environment assessment including equipment recommendations.
Occupational Therapy helps people regain and/or maintain their optimal level of function within their life roles. OTAS provides individualized therapy to meet specific needs of each patient we serve.