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Occupational Therapy Services


Occupational Therapy Services

The occupational therapist at OSD is responsible for providing occupational therapy services to students with disabilities who are enrolled at Edinboro University. Occupational therapy services are provided to maximize the level of independence reached by each student throughout their college career.

The Life Skills Center at Edinboro University provides a setting where the occupational therapist can work with students on independent living skills and education. The Life Skills Center is equipped with educational materials along with a variety of adaptive equipment for students to use. The setting is designed to help the occupational therapist work on the transition of students from their home to a University setting and from the University to living and working in the community. To promote independence the occupational therapist works with the students in a number of areas including physical functioning, social and psychological adjustment, assistive technology and adaptive equipment, and education on different aspects of independent living.

The occupational therapist works with students to maintain their top level of physical functioning based on their particular disability. Maintaining physical function may include upper extremity exercise and range of motion, proper positioning and mobility aides, fabrication of splints and assistive devices, and promoting increased activity levels. The occupational therapist supervises both the meal aide program and the academic aide program. These two programs allow the occupational therapist to continuously monitor the physical functioning of students in both academic and social situations.

Often new students have difficulty adjusting to the college environment and their new level of independence. The occupational therapist conducts interviews with prospective students and their parents to educate students about OSD services and how to use these services. Students are educated on how to use the personal care system and how to work with attendants and other students. As students progress through Edinboro University the occupational therapist addresses areas such as accessible housing, transportation, job site adaptations and integration into the community. The occupational therapist coordinates on site visits and testing by a representative of the Civil Service to assist students with job placement.

The occupational therapist works closely with the coordinator of the Assistive Technology Program to provide students with state of the art equipment to maximize their level of independence at school and in a work environment. The occupational therapist provides evaluations and completes prescriptions for wheelchairs, custom seating, environmental controls, bathroom equipment, ADL equipment, writing and typing aides, and accessibility modifications. The occupational therapist works closely with vendors on assistive technology prescriptions. The occupational therapist also evaluates students to integrate wheelchair control with computer and environmental control access.

Throughout the students' career at Edinboro University the occupational therapist serves as a resource for students. The role of the occupational therapist is to help students become educated consumers regarding the equipment that they use and the community agencies and resources that are available. The occupational therapist teaches students how to manage aspects of their life such as personal care, using public transportation, finding accessible housing, setting up an accessible work station, and taking care of their equipment.