What Is Occupational Therapy?

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According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, or occupations.

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What Is Occupational Therapy?

  1. 1. What Is Occupational Therapy?
  2. 2. Many of us have heard of physical therapy, massage therapy, even psychotherapy. We have also heard of occupational therapy, but we may not truly know what it means.
  3. 3. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, or occupations.
  4. 4. 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 support for seniors experiencing physical and cognitive changes. First, an occupational therapist must evaluate the home to determine goals. Here are three common services:
  5. 5. An individualized evaluation. This is an initial visit where the client or family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals. 1.
  6. 6. Customized intervention. This improves the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach goals. 2.
  7. 7. Finally, an outcomes evaluation. This will ensure that goals are being met and possible changes are being made to the intervention plan. 3.
  8. 8. Further services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments, such as work, school or even social settings. Occupational therapists may give recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use. Also, they can provide guidance and education for family members and caregivers.
  9. 9. These therapists employ a holistic approach, which focuses on adapting the environment to fit the person. They make the person an integral part of the therapy team. Occupational therapy can be a great option for seniors.
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