What is occupational therapy?

Occupational Therapistsand Occupational Therapy Assistants help people participate in the activities they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common Occupational Therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills for independence, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational Therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments, e.g., workplace, school, 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.

Meet our occupational therapists

Occupational therapy services typically include

  • Individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals, and plan of treatment
  • Customized interventions to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach their goals
  • Regular outcome evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan

Neurological (and other physical/cognitive dysfunction) rehabilitation - offered in Truckee, Tahoe City, and Incline Village

We promote independence and reeducation of daily life skills with treatment and adaptive strategies for:

  • Stroke/CVA
  • Brain Injury (TBI, NTBI, concussion)
  • Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Alzheimer’s
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injury

Pediatrics (offered primarily in Truckee and Incline Village)

We facilitate development of important skills with treatment and adaptive strategies for:

  • Developmental Delays (motor and cognitive delays)
  • Children with physical disabilities from injury or developmental disorders
  • Sensory Processing Dysfunction

Post-COVID-19 rehabilitation

Many post-COVID-19 patients have difficulty returning to their normal activity levels. Tahoe Forest Therapy Services has put together a Post-COVID-19 Rehabilitation Guide that includes exercises to get you started on the road to recovery. The exercises provided can be done at home and with minimal necessary equipment.Please note: This return to exercise should occur no earlier than seven days after COVID-19 symptoms are no longer present.

If you are having difficulty with these exercises, you may benefit from formal Physical, Occupational, or Speech Therapy. Discuss this at your next appointment with your doctor or our care management team.

Post-COVID-19 Rehabilitation Guide (PDF)
Guía de Rehabilitación Pos-COVID-19 (PDF)