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Occupational and Physical Therapy

Occupational therapy means the therapeutic use of purposeful and meaningful occupations or goal-directed activities to evaluate and provide interventions for individuals and populations who have a disease or disorder, an impairment, an activity limitation, or a participation restriction that interferes with their ability to function independently in their daily life roles and to promote health and wellness. Occupational therapy intervention may include: (a) remediation or restoration of performance abilities that are limited due to impairment in biological, physiological, psychological, or neurological processes; (b) adaptation of task, process, or the environment or the teaching of compensatory techniques in order to enhance performance; (c) disability prevention methods and techniques that facilitate the development or safe application of performance skills; and (d) health promotion strategies and practices that enhance performance abilities.

Physical therapy is the evaluation or treatment of a person by the use of the effective properties of physical measures and heat, cold, light, water, radiant energy, electricity, sound, and air; and the use of therapeutic massage, therapeutic exercise, mobilization, and the rehabilitative procedures with or without assistive devices for the purposes of preventing, correcting, or alleviating a physical or mental disability, or promoting physical fitness and well-being. Physical therapy includes, but is not limited to: (a) performance of specialized tests and measurements, (b) administration of specialized treatment procedures, (c) interpretation of referrals from physicians, dentists and podiatrists, (d) establishment and modification of physical therapy treatment programs, (e) administration of topical medication used in generally accepted physical therapy procedures when such medication is prescribed by the patient’s physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, the patient’s physician licensed to practice podiatric medicine or the patient’s dentist, and (f) supervision or teaching of physical therapy. Physical therapy does not include radiology, electrosurgery, chiropractic technique or determination of a differential diagnosis; provided, however, the limitation on determining a differential diagnosis shall not in any manner limit a physical therapist licensed under this Act from performing an evaluation pursuant to such license. Nothing in this Section shall limit a physical therapist from employing appropriate physical therapy techniques that he or she is educated and licensed to perform. A physical therapist shall refer to a licensed physician, dentist, or podiatrist any patient whose medical condition should, at the time of evaluation or treatment be determined to be beyond the scope of practice of the physical therapist.

To learn more, please write to Dr. Mary Molenda, Occupational and Physical Therapy Chair.

Student Services Staff

Ellen Swanson, Ph. D.
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services (847) 824-1159

Margarite Beniaris
Director of Student Services & Westerhold ELC

Erica Cupuro
Student Services Coordinator

Kristan Krupinski
Student Services Coordinator

Stacy LaMarca
Student Services Coordinator

Rose Slivka
Student Services Coordinator

Jeanine Creviston
Administrative Assistant to the Department of Student Services

Lisa Fitzpatrick
Administrative Assistant to the Department of Student Services

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