What is occupational therapy at Spectrios Institute?

In the world of vision loss, occupational therapy looks a little different than what you might be used to with more traditional rehabilitation settings. In traditional physical rehabilitation settings, an occupational therapist may be focused on how a stroke impacts a patient’s ability to dress independently or how a hip fracture limits a person’s independence with bathing.

As the occupational therapist at Spectrios Institute, Katrina’s main focus is how a vision loss may lead to difficulty with any number of daily activities. Her role is to determine what activities are difficult for each individual and provide training, strategies, and tools for re-engaging in important activities. Katrina strives to help individuals with vision loss continue to do the things they have to do, like dressing and grooming, and the things they want to do, like watching TV or playing cards.

Why is Occupational Therapy beneficial?

Occupational therapy can help make the things you do every day easier. What things are difficult for you to do? Set some goals and Katrina can help you achieve them. For example, cooking can be a challenge with vision loss. Katrina uses a variety of strategies to help people achieve their goals. They can range from low tech solutions that include bump dots and how your kitchen is set up to high tech solutions such as having Alexa read your recipe or using an iPad to enlarge it. The main benefit of occupational therapy is that it makes your life easier and allows you to do things you may have thought you could never do again!

Give us a call at 630-690-7115, if you would like to learn more about scheduling an appointment.