Improving Daily Living
Occupational Therapy is a form of therapy for those recuperating from physical or mental illness that encourages rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in daily life.
Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
An individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
A customized intervention plan to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals.
An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.
MEET OUR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TEAM
ARYEH WIZMAN, OTR/L
Aryeh currently serves as Director of Occupational Therapy at Project Ohr, a division of Monsey Health Center. He graduated from Touro College Bay Shore campus in 2015 with a Bachelors in Health and Science and a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Aryeh specializes in pediatrics as well as clients with developmental disabilities in which he has over 13 years of experience. Through fun and researched based practices, he helps his clients reach their full potential and maintain/improve their quality of life. Aryeh practices predominantly with English and Yiddish Speaking clients
Languages Spoken: English and Yiddish
CHAYA SHIPPER, M.S., OTR/L
Chaya Shipper is a licensed Occupational Therapist. She is a graduate of Long Island University with a Master’s degree in occupational therapy and holds a double Bachelor’s degree in science and liberal arts.
Chaya has several years of experience working in pediatric OT.
Her specialized training includes handwriting delays, sensory processing disorders, motor planning deficiencies and therapeutic massage including MNRI.
Chaya has successfully helped children increase their strength, visual discrimination skills, short term memory, attention, fine motor dexterity and gross motor skills. She has experience working with children with ASD, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and other developmental delays. Additionally, Chaya has helped numerous neurotypical children improve their skill sets both at home and in school.
MICHAELA SCOTTEN SHUHNICKI, M.S., OTR/L
Michaela graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science from Messiah University, and in 2017 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University.
Michaela is certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, certified as a Fieldwork Educator through the American Occupational Therapy Association, and a member of the Alpha Eta Honor Society for Health Professions.
She has extensive experience treating individuals with cognitive, neurological, and orthopedic conditions, specializing in pelvic floor health and rehabilitation. She currently provides early intervention services to children from birth to age 3 and treats children and adults in the outpatient setting.
Michaela is committed to providing care with excellence and compassion, advocating for client health and wellness, and improving clients’ overall satisfaction with the roles and routines that are most meaningful to them. Michaela primarily works with English and Spanish speaking clients.
Languages Spoken: English & Basic Spanish