AHWI - American Health & Wellness Institute


Occupational & Rehab Therapy

Evaluation

Occupational Therapy Evaluation, Plan of Care, Home Program:

A comprehensive occupational therapy evaluation includes assessment of a person's skills, deficits and needs, as well as strengths, preferences and goals. Standardized assessment tools, observation, and interview will be used to assess the following areas:

  • Attention and cognitive skills
  • Self care skills (e.g., brushing teeth, tying shoes)
  • Fine motor skills (e.g., writing, buttoning, cutting)
  • Strength and coordination
  • Sensory-motor development
  • Sensory processing skills
  • Social skills
  • Play skills
  • Self-management of emotions during work and play
  • Self-organization (e.g., managing finances, doing chores, homework)
  • Work skills
  • Leisure skills
  • Life balance

Evaluation findings will be used to create an individualized plan of care and recommendations. 

 

Occupational Therapy Re-Evaluation:

A full re-evaluation is performed at least annually to assess an individual's progress and update the plan of care and/or home program.


Individual Treatment

Individual therapy is performed to help individuals attain goals, improve skills, increase function, and enhance quality of life. Therapeutic activities are designed based on each person's plan of care and each session is customized to provide a client-driven, supportive and motivating environment.


Health and Wellness Sessions

Health and wellness visits provide individualized occupation-based therapeutic sessions to support an individual to make life changes and to live life to its fullest. Topics may include:

  • Mindful eating, meal planning and preparation
  • Mindfulness Strategies and Occupation-based Treatment for Anxiety
  • Mindfulness Strategies and Occupation-based Treatment for Depression
  • Life Balance 

     

Group Treatment

Group treatment uses a social setting that incorporates small group activities and evidence-based therapy practices to help individuals attain goals, improve skills, increase function, and enhance quality of life.  Group sizes range from 4-8 individuals. AHWI offers the following occupational therapy groups:

  • Social skills for children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Mindfulness for children with ADHD
  • Mindfulness for adolescents with depression
  • Cognitive strategy use for children with Asperger's disorder
  • Cognitive strategy use for coordination disorder

     

Pain Management

Pain management sessions are occupation-based in that they take into account a person's performance and engagement in daily activities. Sessions utilize various pain management strategies with the ultimate goal of enabling individuals to manage their own pain independently. Activities may include:

  • Electro-trigger point stimulation
  • Biofeedback
  • Mindfulness strategies
  • Energy conservation
  • Task modification

     

Workshops

Each session will use discussion, individual and group activities, social support and interaction to teach stress management, coping skills, mindfulness techniques, mindful parenting, and self-compassion. AHWI offers the following workshops:

  • Mindfulness for Mothers: Stress Management (Beginner)
  • Mindfulness for Mothers: Life Balance, Societal Pressure (Intermediate)
  • Mindfulness for Mothers: Managing Difficult Emotions and Relationships (Advanced)  

 


 

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is a clinical and evidenced-based use of music interventions to address physical, psychological, cognitive, social needs of individuals of all ages.  Individuals’ abilities are strengthened through musical involvement in a therapeutic setting and are transferred to other areas of their lives.

Music Therapy Techniques and Interventions:

  • Musical games and activities
  • Instrument playing
  • Song writing
  • Lyric Analysis
  • Listening to music
  • Singing
  • Movement to music
  • Relaxation to music
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Drumming

Types of Services provided:

Direct Services:

  • Comprehensive Evaluation/Assessment
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Individual therapy sessions

Contract, consulting & In-service:

  • Direct on-site services to agencies, such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, other care centers
  • Consulting services with agency staff to implement therapy strategies
  • Providing training to staff on aspects and utilization of music the current program
  • Educational Program: Informational Workshops to parents and professionals

Contact us at 888.582.2974 for information.

Benefits of Music Therapy:

Music Therapy and ADHD

  • Encourages relaxation
  • Encourages communication
  • Promotes behaviors like eye contact, taking turns, listening
  • Promotes self-expression
  • Encourages confidence and self-esteem
  • Enhances learning
  • Helps build attention, focus and retention

Music Therapy and Autism

  • Promote communication - verbal and non-verbal
  • Enhances vocalization and speech
  • Promotes breath and oromotor control
  • Enables emotional expression
  • Promotes recognition of emotion in self and others
  • Enhances confidence and self-esteem
  • Encourages relaxation
  • Promotes behaviors like attention, taking turns, eye contact, listening.
  • Enhances learning, memory and language comprehension
  • Enhances attention/focus to task
  • Improves hand eye coordination
  • Helps develop fine motor skills
  • Helps develop gross motor skills
  • Promotes movement and body awareness

Music Therapy and Dementia

  • Promotes positive changes in mood and emotional states
  • Stimulate s mind through reminiscence and creative self-expression
  • Increases awareness of self and the environment
  • Helps with reality orientation
  • Helps with  attention and memory recall
  • Promotes relaxation and stress management
  • Enhances social interaction and provide a sense of belonging
  • Provide sensory stimulation to encourage a response
  • Increase motivation and engagement

Music Therapy and Mental Health

  • Provides psychological support
  • Promotes self-awareness and understanding
  • Promotes mindfulness
  • Encourages relaxation
  • Promotes positive behaviors
  • Helps develop coping strategies
  • Enhances confidence and self-esteem
  • Promotes participation and socialization
  • Enhances social/interpersonal skills
  • Facilitates speech and communication
  • Enhances the quality of relationships, family interactions and support
  • Enhances self-expression and emotional response
  • Engages and develops attention
  • Improves functional skills like motor skills, memory, learning

Music Therapy and Special Needs

  • Provides sensory and mental stimulation.
  • Enhances learning, attention and memory skills
  • Facilitates development of cognitive skills
  • Increases mobility, strength, body awareness and muscle controlic.
  • Helps in pain management
  • Improves functional skills like hand eye coordination
  • Improves gross motor skills
  • Improves fine motor skills
  • Enhances self-esteem and sense of achievement
  • Facilitates expression of feelings/emotions
  • Provides psychological support
  • Improves mood and motivation
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Promotes engagement and social interaction with peers, family and others.
  • Improves communication- verbal or non-verbal
  • Enhances positive behaviors like eye contact, turn taking, listening
  • Enhances speech through vocalization