Occupational Therapy Services
The occupational therapist at OSD is responsible for providing occupational therapy services to students with disabilities who are enrolled at
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
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