Free Occupational Therapy for Adults with Physical Disabilities

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Samuel Merritt University (SMU) will be hosting its annual free Occupational Therapy Services for Adults this February. The ten, once-a-week sessions begin Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

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The SMU Occupational Therapy Services for Adults is a student-administered service provided under the direct supervision of several licensed occupational therapists. The OT Services are designed to provide consultation, evaluation, individual treatment and client and caregiver education. Some conditions that might bring a client in for services are stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease, for example.

Occupational therapy uses meaningful activities to promote an individual's participation and engagement in personal occupations. Personal occupations include activities of daily living (ADL) such as personal care and home tasks, as well as work and leisure activities.


"Our goal is to provide therapeutic intervention to clients with occupational therapy needs. In meeting this goal we sometimes develop partnerships with families, other health and/or support providers and interested parties related to the care of the client," explains Kate Hayner, EdD, OTR/L, and SMU Department Chair of the Occupational Therapy Program. "We also want to assist students with their own development of clinical reasoning and competency that supports research-based practice in adult occupational therapy services."


Sessions start Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 with time blocks at 1:30, 2:30, or 3:30 PM


Samuel Merritt University - 450 30th Street (Lower Level One) Oakland, CA 94609.


To begin the enrollment process, download and print the forms below. Complete the Client Fact Sheet and ask your physician to complete the Physician Medical Authorization form. These forms should be mailed or faxed to:

Liz Kleine, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Department
Samuel Merritt University
450 30th Street, 4th Floor,
Oakland, CA 94609
Office: (510) 879-9200 ext. 7519
FAX: (510) 457-4008



If you have any questions, please contact Drew Ward, Administrative Assistant, Occupational Therapy, at 510.879.0787 or Liz Kleine, MOT, OTR/L, Instructor at 510-879.9200 x 7519 or 

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