The Children's Ability Fund has donated $82,900 to the Rehabilitation Faculty at the University of Alberta for OT, PT, SLP
What is OT, PT and SLP?
An Occupational Therapist (OT) works with clients who have a permanent or temporary impairment in their physical or mental functioning that adversely affect their ability to perform routine daily living tasks. Depending on the patient’s diagnosis, evaluation by an OT can include: assessment of fine motor, oral motor, visual motor, and visual perceptual skills; sensory processing; upper body strength; range of motion; and bilateral coordination.
Utilizing their training in the functions of the musculoskeletal system, especially pertaining to the upper body, and in modifications and adaptations, an OT helps clients maximize their independence with activities of daily living such as self-care, work, school, or play. In treatment, an OT will utilize purposeful activity to attain functional outcomes.
A Physical Therapist (PT) works with clients where movement and function are adversely affected by ageing, injury, disease, developmental disabilities or environmental factors. The goal is to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability. Depending on the diagnosis, evaluation by a PT can include: pain relief; increased endurance; balance and coordination; ambulation and wheelchair mobility; positioning in the home, classroom or workplace; and gross motor skills.
Physical therapy has many specialties including cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics and pediatrics, to name a few. This therapeutic discipline is concerned with identifying and maximizing the quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. This area encompasses the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being.
Speech and Language Therapy
A Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) is also referred to as a Speech Therapist. The therapist focuses on a client’s speech, language and cognitive deficits and will seek to improve functional communication between the client and the people with whom they routinely interact. Treatment by an SLP may include articulation, augmentative communication, expressive and receptive language, oral motor, cognition, executive functioning, memory, voice, swallowing, assistive technology, literacy skills, fluency and basic functional communication for reading, writing and daily living. This therapy is appropriate for both children and adults and will be conducted in one of the Center’s private or audited treatment rooms.