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Information for Healthcare Providers

In school, hospital and clinical settings, occupational therapists are often part of the interdisciplinary team, but healthcare practitioners (physiotherapists, psychologists, physicians, massage therapists, chiropractors etc) aren't always sure how or when to refer to a community-based occupational therapist.

Below, are some of the most common reasons we receive referrals from other practitioners. When in doubt, contact us and we'd be happy to discuss how occupational therapy can play a role in your client's care.

Our occupational therapists are able to assist with clients who experience difficulty with the following:
  • PTSD and accessing the community
  • Low Mood, Depression, Anxiety
  • Concussion symptoms lasting greater than 14 days
  • Long COVID Symptoms
  • Post-Cancer “Brain Fog & Fatigue”
  • General Fatigue or Difficulty with Sleep
  • Persistent Pain
  • Poor Ergonomic Set Up at Work  
  • Completing ADLs and IADLs such as dressing, bathing, eating, driving, cooking, banking, going out in public etc. 
  • Reduced strength or range of motion as a result of stroke, brain injury or musculoskeletal issues
Cognitive difficulties in:
  • Planning and Organization
  • Concentration and Attention
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Slowed Processing Speed
  • Poor Memory
Other indications of an appropriate OT referral may include:
  • Noticing client has moderate to above average scores on the psychosocial questionnaires being filled out e.g., challenges with pain catastrophizing, fear of movement, low mood, high perception of disability etc.
  • Client is experiencing heightened anxiety following an accident or MVA, difficulty returning to driving, difficulty leaving their home for appointments or to participate in previously enjoyable activities
  • Client has poor understanding of proper body mechanics
  • Complicated return to work
In 1:1 sessions delivered online or in-person, our OTs are able to assist with:
  • Conducting functional assessments and helping clients develop and achieve goals within the areas they are struggling
  • Providing clients functional ways to improve concentration, memory, attention, processing speed, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Teaching clients about energy conservation, planning and pacing and sleep hygiene
  • Providing clients with coping strategies for decreasing stress and anxiety
  • Providing strength and range of motion exercises to assist with recovery following injury
  • Providing education around persistent pain and persistent concussion symptoms
In the community, our OTs are able to assist with:
  • Providing clients with in-vivo exposure therapy to assist with PTSD, fear of returning to driving, or fear of being in public
  • Conducting ergonomic assessments in the workplace and assisting the multi-disciplinary team in creating gradual return to work plans
  • Conducting home equipment assessments, home modification assessments and personal needs assessments, to ensure clients have access to the supports they need during their recovery (e.g., from a workplace injury, post-surgery or to help prevent future falls)
Many private health care plans provide up to $500 in OT coverage per year and our OTs are able to create treatment proposals and direct bill STD, LTD, MVA, and WCB adjusters
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