Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists
Occupational therapy (OT) will address motor control deficits and visual deficits that interfere with daily tasks. OT will assess the person’s need for adaptive equipment and will recommend devices to improve independence and quality of life. Through use of different therapeutic approaches, OT will focus on activities of daily living that are most important to the individual with ataxia.
Physical therapy (PT) will address motor control deficits that impact overall conditioning, healthy living and mobility. PT will assess the person’s need for adaptive devices to improve independence and safety with walking and transfers. Different therapeutic approaches will be utilized to promote the person’s ability to move within their environment and the community.
Speech therapy (ST) will address motor control deficits that impact speaking and eating. ST will assess the person’s need for compensatory strategies that will improve their ability to communicate. Speech therapists can also provide swallowing assessments that evaluate the coordination of the structures used for chewing and swallowing. Therapeutic techniques are utilized to promote improved communication and sa