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What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is skilled treatment that helps
individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives.
It assists people attain the “skills for the job of living”
necessary for independent and satisfying lives in all
environments of home, school, at work or play.
What does an Occupational Therapist do?
An occupational therapist utilizes motivational and
purposeful therapeutic activities to educate and promote an
individual’s maximum function in the meaningful activities of
daily life (self-care skills, education, work, play, social
interaction, and sensory processing skills).
Services typically include:
- Customized treatment programs to improve one’s
ability to perform daily activities
- Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with
- Performance skills assessments and treatment
- Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage
- Guidance to family members and caregivers
Who benefits from
A wide variety of people can benefit from
Occupational Therapy, including those with:
- Work-related injuries including lower
back problems or repetitive stress
- Limitations following a stroke or heart
- Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other
serious chronic conditions
- Birth injuries, learning problems, or
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Mental health or behavioral problems
including: Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia,
and post-traumatic stress
- Problems with substance use or eating
- Burns, spinal cord injuries, or
- Broken bones or other injuries from
falls, sport injuries, or accidents
- Vision or cognitive problems that affect
individual’s performance in daily tasks