Occupational Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

By Jeff Rasansky

Occupational Therapy & Cerebral Palsy

Occupational Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

Occupational therapists combine experience from several different areas of expertise to help a person with cerebral palsy function as effectively as possible in daily life. While eating, brushing our teeth and getting dressed are simple for non-disabled people, these tasks can be considerably more difficult for a person with cerebral palsy.

An occupational therapist evaluates the physical challenges a person with cerebral palsy has that inhibit functional living. By assessing the skills a disabled person needs to function in school, work, at home or in social situations, an occupational therapist can develop a therapy plan. Each therapy plan is tailored to the cerebral palsy victim’s specific needs and skill level. The therapist helps the cerebral palsy person learn ways to get around the challenges of everyday actions. For example, if a person has difficulty in holding tooth brush to brush their teeth, special grips can be added to the handles to make it easier to hold. Getting in an out of a car requires a special order of movements for people with cerebral palsy. An occupational therapist helps the victim learn the required movements, and practice until they accomplish the task to the best of their ability.


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