Occupational Therapists (OT)

Occupational therapists commonly evaluate and treat people with epilepsy and other neurological problems. They can help find out why people have problems with tasks of daily living and teach them ways of adapting or compensating for the problems. They can also offer strategies to persons with epilepsy who also have additional disorders that affect their ability to perform fine-motor tasks, such as writing, buttoning clothes, or picking up small objects.

Physical Therapists (PT)

Physical therapists can help people who have problems with moving and walking around. This may include helping people regain function or strength after a broken bone or a long period of not moving around. PTs can help people improve their balance, coordination and learn safer ways of walking. Ways to compensate for other neurological problems may include how to use adaptive equipment or make your home, school or work environment safer. 

Speech Therapists

Speech therapists specialize in evaluating and treating people with speech and language problems. People with epilepsy may have language problems that arise from an underlying neurological problems, or seizures affecting language areas of the brain. Other cognitive problems can affect language abilities too. Rehabilitation strategies will depend upon the type and cause of the problems as well as the age of the patient. Speech therapists often work with children in school settings to address how language and other cognitive problems affect academic function and daily living.  

 

 

 

Authored by: Steven C. Schachter, MD
Reviewed by: Patricia O. Shafer, RN, MN on 7/2013
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