IDD’s main focus is to promote independence with the activities of daily living.
This may include self care, as well as skills that go beyond that, such as shopping and money management.
Since it is a priority to have individuals experience a natural environment, in addition to their clinical environment, IDD occupational therapists seek to integrate the people they support with the community whenever possible.
Some of our clients volunteer at different venues in our community. It might be a Clothes Closet, or a school, or Dare to Care. We have also started gardening and recycling programs for them. We are always trying to find functional ways of engaging people at their level.
The appropriate occupational therapy for each individual is designed after a comprehensive initial evaluation, which assesses the person’s physical, cognitive and functional capabilities.
Based on the results of the evaluation, therapy might take the form of training in self-care, mobility or communication. In some cases adaptive equipment and assistive technology may be called for, or household modifications to ensure the individual’s safety while visiting at home.
IDD looks at the person as a whole to determine what they need.
All the therapy is in tune with each individual. My daughter receives occupational and speech therapy. Whatever she needs, she gets.