Our occupational therapy services help children and adults of all ages in the metro Phoenix area, including Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Queen Creek and Apache Junction, AZ, to participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities or “occupations”.
It may seem that occupational therapy is only for adults; kids, after all, do not have occupations.
But a child's main job is playing and learning, and occupational therapists can evaluate skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.
Common occupational therapy interventions include:
- helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations
- assisting people recovering from injury to regain skills
- providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Ridge Zeller Therapy's occupational therapy services typically include an individualized evaluation during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals, customize intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and evaluate outcomes to ensure that goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy services may also include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school in the state of Arizona), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers.
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.
Occupational therapy may focus on:
- Social skills
- Sensory integration
- Fine motor strength and coordination
- Pre-writing and hand writing
- Self-help skills such as dressing, eating and grooming
- Hand function
- Physical strength and endurance
About Arizona Occupational Therapy Practitioners
There are two professional levels of occupational practice — occupational therapist (OT) and occupational therapist assistant (OTA). An OT conducts evaluations, develops treatment plans, and provides therapy. An OTA provides therapy under the direct supervision of an OT.
Ridge Zeller Therapy's staff of OTs have highly specialized bachelor’s or master's degrees and our OTAs have an associate's degree. Each professional is licensed and possesses an Arizona Department of Public Safety fingerprint clearance card.
To request more information about our occupational therapy services or to work with an Occupational Therapist in the Phoenix area including Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Queen Creek and Apache Junction, AZ, please fill out the following form, or email Heather Holston, Therapy Coordinator at ContactUs@rztherapy.com or call us at 480-365-9981 today!