Western New York’s Occupational Therapy Resource

Requesting Outpatient Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapy | Buffalo NY | Buffalo OT


Access Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Outpatient occupational therapy is a collaborative experience between clinician and client that is able to be conducted in a client’s own home, clinic, or office space. In outpatient occupational therapy, you will sit with a licensed therapist, discuss your current status and ailment, and set realistic and attainable goals. Occupational therapists  (OT) have extensive education in muscle movements, functional anatomy, and holistic care. Trained to offer dynamic treatments, simulated to ‘real-life’ scenarios, outpatient occupational therapists offer interventions that are clearly applicable to your every day life. At any given time, an occupational therapist can explain why he/she is using a specific treatment approach, what ailments or deficiencies they are dressing, and how it will benefit you over time.

Many people believe that they must be homebound in order to receive therapy within their homes, but this is not always the case! Some individuals may be great candidates for home-based outpatient occupational therapy!

If you can’t see the relavence of a specific activity, always ask! Therapists love to provide evidence-based rationale! 

Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice

The occupational therapy scope of practice is clearly defined amongst it’s strengths and specialties in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) . Occupations , by OT definition, are meaningful activities one does throughout the course of their day. Outpatient occupational therapy services addresses your ailments (typically in body functions and structures- see below) by using functional activities. Instead of focusing on traditional gym equipment, occupational therapists will simulate real life scenarios! For example, instead of coming into the office and being told to lift a 5lb weight 10 times, 2 sets, an occupational therapist may direct you to pick up a 5lb grocery bag! Instead of pointing you to a treadmill, an occupational therapist may create an obstacle course to address various aspects of perception and visual field deficits while walking through the halls.

Outpatient OT may be a solution for you if you require rehabiliation in balance, stamina, endurance, multi-tasking, visual deficits, cognition/memory, learning to accomplish activities of daily living or other every day activities after joint replacement or breaking a bone, and much more!





  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Instumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) 
  • Rest and Sleep 
  • Education
  • Work
  • Play
  • Leisure
  • Social Participation


  • Values, beleifs, and spirituality
  • Body Functions
    • Mental Functions
    • Sensory Functions
    • Neuromusculoskeletal and movement-related functions
    • Muscle Functions
    • Movement Functions
    • Cardiovascular, Hematological, Immunological, and respirtatory system functions
    • Voice and speech functions, metabolic and endocrine functions
    • Skin and related structure functions
  • Body Structures
    • Nervous System
    • Eyes, ear, and related structures
    • Voice and speech
    • Cardiovascular, immunological, and respiratory
    • digestive, metabolic, and endocrine
    • Structures related to movement
    • Skin and related structures


  • Motor Skills
  • Process Skills 
  • Social Interaction Skills


  • Habits
  • Routines
  • Rituals
  • Roles


  • Cultural
  • Personal
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Temporal
  • Virtual

Michelle Eliason, MS, OTR/L, C.D.S, CKTS  is both an occupational therapist and CARES Dementia Specialist. She has been an elder care professional for 7+ years. Working in various aspects of the elder care industry has given her a generalist skill set and a broad knowledge base of elder care approaches and resources. Michelle is passionate about influencing the elder care industry advocating against nursing home negligence and elder abuse, and working with older adults to enable them to live in their own homes throughout the aging process.

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