At Utah Valley Hospital (formerly Utah Valley Regional Medical Center), we provide occupational therapy for all age and diagnostic groups from acute care and the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) , to the outpatient setting. Our therapists have more than 150 years of combined experience and hold various specialty certifications in the following areas:
- Lymphedema management
- Hand therapy
- Neurodevelopmental treatment
- Newborn feeding
- LSVT Big treatment for Parkinson's disease
Infant Feeding Program
Infant-driven feeding is a successful feeding program used in the level 3 NICU at Utah Valley Hospital. Our occupational therapists are critical in training staff and parents to respond to the infant’s individual cues. This includes identifying when an infant has the abilities to engage in oral feeding attempts, as well as how to read an infant’s cues to stop feeding. The goal is to make all oral feeding attempts positive experiences. With this approach infants are being discharged earlier and are more successful at home, which results in fewer feeding and growth problems.
Driving Skills Program
Our occupational therapists assess an individual’s sensory, cognitive, and motor performance skills as it relates to safely operating a motor vehicle. Our program is designed to assist elderly drivers as well as individuals who have experienced a neurological injury and are ready to return to driving.
Our therapists utilize the LSVT BIG program, which is a research-based exercise program proven to improve motor functioning in people with Parkinson’s disease. Main areas of improvement include faster walking with bigger steps, improved balance, and increased trunk rotation. The “bigger” movements taught are translated into performance of real-world, everyday activities.
Other Services and Treatments
- Daily living skills/daily living retraining (including feeding, dressing, hygiene, bathing, and more)
- Assistive device training and equipment recommendations
- Functional mobility retraining in all areas (bathroom, bedroom, etc.)
- Home safety assessments
- Hand therapy/custom splint fabrication
- Cognitive skills retraining
- Fine motor skills retraining
- Upper extremity strengthening
- Home programs
- Lymphedema management program
- Pre-driving skills assessment
- Visual perception skills therapy
- Functional positioning
- Early coma intervention
To access occupational therapy services, physicians may order an "Occupational Therapy Evaluation" with specific indications, as desired.