I’m not sure what conditions can benefit from occupational therapy?

Great question! Occupational therapy helps patients in four main areas:

  1. With fine motor skills (smaller movements such as picking up objects between the thumb and finger),
  2. Visual-perceptual skills (the brain’s ability to make sense of what the eyes see),
  3. Cognitive skills (thinking), and
  4. Sensory-processing problems (over sensitivity to things in the environment).

The following disabilities and conditions can benefit from occupational therapy treatment:

  • Birth injuries or defects
  • Traumatic injuries to the brain or spinal cord
  • Developmental delays or learning problems
  • Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Chronic illnesses and pain
  • Autism or sensory processing disorders
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Mental health or behavioural problems
  • Hand or foot injuries
  • Memory disorders
  • Broken bones or other orthopedic injuries
  • Cancer

This is not an exhaustive list but it should give you an idea of the depth and breath of the assistance that an Occupational Therapist can provide.