Occupational Therapy helps children and adults reach their full potential by helping patients regain independent function and skills and helping people participate in their desired occupations with the therapeutic use of everyday activities, based on the client's personal interests and needs.
Therapy is based on engagement in meaningful activities of daily life (such as self-care skills, education, work, or social interaction) especially to enable or encourage participation in such activities despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning.
Occupational therapy (OT) understands the unique relationship between the patient, the activity, and the environment for this activity. Examples of this include:
Helping a child participate fully in school and social situations
Assisting a worker to regain skills they need to perform at their job
Helping older adults who are experiencing physical or cognitive changes
Potential services focus on the client's objectives and usually include:
A thorough, personalized evaluation, during which the patient, their loved ones and the occupational therapist determine the patients' goals and objectives
Customized interventions to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach their goals
A goals evaluation to ensure that the outcomes are being achieved and/or make changes to the defined plan
OT services may also include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s own home and other environments (e.g., office, school), suggestions for adaptive equipment and training for proper use, and guidance and education for family members, loved ones and the patient's caregivers.
Commonly searched terms which may benefit from Occupational Therapy: Developmental Delay, Fine Motor Coordination, Hand Therapy, Neuro Rehab, Activities of Daily Living, Self Help.