Is PT the same at OT?

No! OT uses primarily modified activity as the main type of treatment, whereas Physical Therapy (PT) uses primarily physical modalities. OT's and PT's can work closely together. OT prioritizes "how" someone does an activity despite the problem causing the limitations. OT may be effective for physical, mental, learning, cognitive and/or emotional problems.

Is OT covered by Insurance?

Yes, but OTC is an out of network provider & every plan is different. Some insurance plans do not reimburse for OT, or put limitations on number or types of reimbursable services. We will work with you to maximize reimbursement potential & give you billing codes etc. you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

How much do services cost?

Fees vary based on type of service provided. Assessments & screenings are billed at a flat rate, whereas consultation and treatment sessions are billed in 15 minute increments. Payment is due at the time of service. Payment plans are available upon request. Please inquire about costs based on your needs or download our "Fee schedule" for specific rates.

Do I need a physician's referral?

If you want to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, they may require you to have a referral. Because all clients pay out of pocket, no referral is required by OTC, but involvement of your physician is encouraged.

What do I tell my child/family member before coming for services?

Typically children have fun at every session, regardless of assessment or treatment. Young children often don't need any explanation and for older children a brief statement about going to find out what might help with x problem, is enough. Re-assuring them nothing will hurt and they won't be forced to do anything might also alleviate some anxiety. Please ask your therapist prior to your first appointment for additional suggestions, based on your child.

Do you work with schools?

OTC therapists are available to work with any other profession and discipline that is indicated in providing effective treatment for your child. In cases of an IEP process, our involvement is contingent on what the needs are and the willingness of the school to include us in the process.

"If someone had told me our lives could be like this, I wouldn't have believed them. I see a 180 degree difference in [our daughter], since we started therapy. I can't thank Kelly enough for what she has given our family." — Mom to 7 y.o. girl post international adoption —
"You are the first person who has given us some answers and told us what to do." — Dad to 7 y.o. boy with learning disability —
"You helped me to "understand" [my son]. As a parent we may look at therapy as a way to fix our children. I'm sure that is why we originally came, but along the way I realized that understanding and learning how to support [our son] were more important than just a "fix"." — Mom to 8 y.o. boy with learning disability —
"Thank you for giving us our little boy back." — Mom to 3 y.o. boy with brain injury —
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