Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a skilled rehabilitative profession that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Differing from physical therapy, occupational therapy helps people with skills required to complete activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and toileting but also includes work, play school and leisure. Occupational therapists have the knowledge to understand progressive conditions and life changes that can impact daily life.

Occupational Therapy Services Typically Include:

  • Customized, individualized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities
  • Comprehensive home evaluations with adaptation and equipment recommendations
  • Performance skills assessments and treatments
  • Adaptive equipment and durable medical equipment recommendations and usage training
  • Guidance to patients, their family members and their caregivers

About Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional and physiological effects of illness and/or injury. The occupational therapist currently enters the field with a masters or doctoral degree. The occupational therapy assistance generally earns an associate’s degree. Practitioners must complete supervised clinical internships in a variety of healthcare settings, and pass a national examination. Most states (including New York) also regulate and provide licensure for occupational therapy practice.

Who Benefits from Occupational Therapy?

  • Work-related injuries including lower back problems or repetitive motion/stress injuries
  • Limitations following a stroke, heart attack, or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, lymphedema or other serious chronic conditions
  • Birth injuries, learning difficulties, or developmental disabilities (including, but not limited to, ADHD, cerebral palsy, autism)
  • Mental health or behavioral problems including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Problems with substance use/abuse or eating disorders
  • Burns, spinal cord injuries, amputations or lacerations
  • Fractures or orthopedic injuries, including those from falls, sports or accidents
  • Vision or cognitive difficulties

Specialty Programs

We are pleased to offer a wide array of specialty programs for people faced with specific medical challenges. To learn more about any of the following programs, including the locations where services are offered, please call us at (518) 926-2000.


Aquatic Therapy

Bladder Control Program

Ergonomic consultations

Upper extremity Rehabilitation

LSVT Big

LSVT Loud

Lymphedema Therapy

McKenzie Method

Memory Group

Neurological Rehabilitation

Neuropsychological Services

Occupational Therapy for Chronic Conditions

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy for Pregnancy and Postpartum

Social Perception Group

Swallowing Evaluations and Therapy

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vision Therapy

Voice Diagnosis and Rehabilitation

Work Hardening

Wellness Center



Aquatic Therapy

Our HydroWorx® aquatic therapy pools provide an exercise environment that unloads weight from joints and the spinal column, making it easier to exercise.


Bladder Control

Many women have experienced success in treating stress incontinence through this assessment and treatment program aimed at strengthening pelvic floor muscle function.


Ergonomic Consultations

Our work site evaluations provide recommendations to assist individuals in decreasing discomfort associated with repetitive job tasks and help to prevent injury.


LSVT Big

This is an evidenced-based exercise approach completed by LSVT certified physical and occupational therapists developed to improve motor function in people with Parkinson’s disease.


LSVT Loud

This is an evidence-based speech treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s disease completed by a LSVT certified speech-pathologist to improve articulation, vocal loudness, intonation and voice quality.


Lymphedema Therapy

This program helps reduce upper extremity, face, breast and lower extremity swelling in people experiencing lymphatic impairments as a result of radiation therapy, surgery, trauma or illness. To learn more about lymphedema please click here. Treatment may include compression garment recommendations, manual lymph drainage, multi-component bandaging, wound care and/or exercise.


McKenzie Method

This internationally acclaimed method help you to alleviate back and neck pain and prevents recurrences. This approach also has applications to upper and lower extremities.


Memory Group

This is a small adult group program focused on improving functional memory abilities for individuals recovering from a traumatic brain injury or other neurological event.


Neurological Rehabilitation

This program provides coordinated physical, occupational and speech therapy to assist patients recovering from strokes, traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders to gain functional independence.


Neuropsychological Services

As part of the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team, the neuropsychologist is available to evaluate cognitive functions such as memory, attention and behavioral symptoms related to brain injury in order to assist with treatment planning, patient/family education and community reintegration. Direct referrals from the doctor for patients with neurological conditions that require testing to assist with diagnosis and treatment are also accepted.


Occupational Therapy for Chronic Conditions

For patients with arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other chronic conditions, our occupational therapists provide training in energy conservation and the use of assistive devices/techniques to help improve functioning in daily living tasks.


Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Our therapists treat a variety of orthopedic problems, including sports injuries, with a special emphasis on back and neck problems.


Pediatric Rehabilitation

Physical, occupational, and speech therapy for children experiencing developmental delays and sensory processing concerns. We also work with Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties to provide preschool-age children with services.


Physical Therapy for Pregnancy and Postpartum

Treatment of musculoskeletal conditions with special considerations related to pregnancy and postpartum, including high risk pregnancy and conditions that arise from pregnancy such as separation of abdominal muscles and pelvic instability.


Social Perception Group

This is an evidence based adult program to improve socially appropriate interaction skills for individuals with a traumatic brain injury or other neurological or cognitive deficits.


Swallowing Evaluations and Therapy

Our speech pathologists perform adult and pediatric clinical and video fluoroscopic assessments to diagnose and develop treatment plans for people experiencing swallowing problems.


Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

Our therapists work with patients to restore and maximize upper extremity function, and prevent avoidable hand, elbow and shoulder injury. Treatment may include: exercise, custom orthotics, ergonomic training, post-surgical management and activity modification.


Vestibular Rehabilitation

Trained therapists evaluate individuals experiencing dizziness, vertigo and balance problems. Treatment may consist of specialized vestibular exercises, canalith repositioning (for BPPV “ear rock” conditions), and balance training. Some common diagnoses are BPPV, vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis, migrane vertigo, Menieres, and post-concussion syndrome.


Vision Rehabilitation

Our therapists can evaluate and complete treatment for vision difficulties after injury, stroke or visual changes related to glaucoma or macular degeneration to improve daily function and quality of life.


Voice Diagnosis and Rehabilitation

Our speech pathologists evaluate and treat voice disorders, such as chronic hoarseness or voice loss, with an emphasis on vocal health.


Work Hardening

The emphasis of this program is to return the injured worker to the workplace and prevent further job-related injuries. The program emphasized job task simulation to develop functional work abilities in a safe manner.