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OT for Warrior Transition Unit

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a rehabilitation profession that makes use of purposeful activity to promote independence in the life areas of work, self-care, and leisure activities.

OT's role in the WTB is to help Soldiers attain optimal occupational performance and gain a sense of mastery as they transition back to independent, productive living.

OT life skill components promote functional independence that will enhance future quality of life, and promote a sense of accomplishment, a positive self-identity and acceptance of personal responsibility and control over one's own future.

WTB OT Functions:

  • Promote the Soldier's Transition back to the role of worker, military or civilian, through vocational exploration and/or work hardening and conditioning.

  • Help guide Soldiers toward reasonable short and long-term goals that reflect the Soldier's vocational and avocational interests.

  • Assess life skills (communication, conflict resolution, managing stress), social participatory activities (cooperative/competitive sports, games, ceremonies), organizational skills (goal setting, financial or time management), and occupational performance (work habits/skills and vocational exploration) and recommend a holistic client centered individual functional rehabilitation program.

  • Assess limitations that prevent or delay the return to the worker role and provide recommendations for environmental adaptations or equipment.

  • Assess and re-establish cardiovascular and physical fitness through supporting adaptive sports activities.

    WTB Therapeutic Groups

  • Assertive Living Skills Group: Provides Soldiers the skills to succeed in the environments in which they live and transition between work, home and school. Soldiers are taught assertive living techniques for effective communication, good decision making, the steps needed to work towards personal goals for transition including interviewing skills. Soldiers are educated on resources in the WTB and community to help achieve these goals.

  • Archery: Offered as an adaptive sports option to increase leisure participation which promotes peer/group interaction while alleviating stress. This activity also facilitates sequencing of complex movement, bilateral coordination, sensory perceptual skills, integration of gross and fine muscle movement, concept formation and problem solving.

  • Aquatics Program: The physical properties of water are used to assist in physical healing and exercise performance. The buoyancy assists in supporting the weight of the Soldier which decreases the amount of weight bearing that reduces the force of stress placed on the joints. Low impact strength and cardio recondition exercises are completed individually as well as in groups to promote peer interaction.

  • Bal-a-vis-x: Neuro re-education training to improve attention, concentration, memory and full body coordination. This program promotes communication between the R and L hemispheres through exercises that are deeply rooted in rhythm. The exercises are a series of balance, auditory and vision exercises of varied complexity to include mid-line crossings, visual scanning, bilateral/unilateral coordination, sequencing, graded muscle movement and hand-eye coordination.

  • Community Re-entry: Soldiers participate in a wide range of integration activities off-post to enhance their mobility, socialization, employability, and independence while providing opportunities to utilize their coping skills. The volunteer opportunities include but not limited to the humane society, habitat for humanity, assisted living homes, and food pantries.

  • Expression through Art: Guided by a volunteer Art Therapist, Soldiers explore various art mediums to promote self expression, stress relief, social interaction skills and leisure exploration.

  • Fit for you: Personalized exercise programs designed for reconditioning within each Soldier's profile. Soldiers are introduced to adapted ways of exercising. Progress is tracked weekly by the Soldier to promote self-discipline and independence with their individualized exercise program.

  • Healthy Cooking: Incorporates healthy meal planning, cooking skills, grocery shopping, and budgeting. To educate Soldiers on healthy cooking for weight management, highest performance, healing, and avoiding medication reactions consultation from the dietician and pharmacist is provided. A community trip is planned once a month to HyVee for meal preparation instruction.

  • Stress group: Learn positive coping skills to include mindfulness training, relaxation techniques, biofeedback, and guided imagery. Learn to identify triggers of daily stress, the body's physiological and emotional response to stress, techniques to use in managing emotional reactions and develop an individualized plan to constructively manage stress.

  • Leisure group: Soldiers learn leisure group activity planning, positive group interaction skills, coping skills, and budgeting/financial awareness. Soldiers decide the group leisure outlet, the focus and event varies; sports (playing golf, disc golf, bowling), community culture/history (museums, events, tours in Topeka or Abilene), nature (fishing at Lake Milford) ect... Participation in leisure group provides physical, social, emotional and intellectual benefits that promotes overall health and well being.

  • Project Hero/Cycling: Promotes cycling as an integral part of rehabilitation to enhance physical, psychological, spiritual and social recovery. Cycling training, including indoor Spinning® and outdoor cycling programs, as well as, bike safety and educational classes are provided.

    More Resources

    Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)
    Toll Free: (877) 393-9058
    Overseas DSN: (312) 221-9113

    Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injuries
    Toll Free: (866) 966-1020

    Project Hero
    Project Hero is a pilot program that helps Veterans get the care they need when it is not readily available at their local VA Medical Centers.

    Wounded Warrior Project
    To foster themost successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.

    Va National Center for PTSD
    We are the center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD.

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    Hours: 0730-1630
    Days: Monday - Friday
    Location: Bld 671-A
    Access: Assigned to the WTB

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