What is Occupational Therapy?
- More than a philosophy, OT is the skill of using purposefully chosen meaningful activities to enable a person to heal as much as possible, adapt to the reality of their disability, and empower them to face and live life with conviction and courage.
• "The doctor saved my life - the occupational therapist made life worth living"
• Occupational Therapy - the difference between life and living
• Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession designed to help people regain and build skills that are important for health, well-being, security, and happiness.
• Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages who, because of physical, developmental, social, or emotional deficits, need specialized assistance in learning skills to enable them to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
- OT's help people figure out better ways to cope with their lives. The term occupation refers to anything we do as individuals that has meaning and or purpose in our lives, such as applying make-up deal with a hair style, dressing for an occasion, preparing a meal, carrying on a meaningful conversation with a significant other without becoming violent. When we consider that we each can become physically or mentally or emotionally disabled, the tasks of our daily lives can obviously become all the more difficult. Consider the last time you cut your finger. Remember how many times it became a problem in accomplishing simple tasks? Or the last time you had a cold and couldn't muster the energy to have that meaningful important conversation with a significant other because you just didn't have the energy?) OT's are ready to help people in crisis (and those dealing with long term problems such as mental illness or degenerative diseases) to develop or regain coping skills in order that they (the patient) have the highest quality of life possible.
- Occupational Therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession whose goal is, "...to achieve functional outcomes which promote health, prevent injury or disability and which develop, improve, sustain, or restore the highest possible level of independence to any individual who has an injury, illness, cognitive impairment, psychosocial dysfunction, mental illness, developmental or learning disability, or other disorder or condition...." (American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 48, 1072-1073). The occupational therapist tailors the rehabilitation process individually for each client, in consultation with the individual as well as family or other appropriate persons, and through evaluation and treatment, seeks to assist individuals to achieve a maximum level of independent living by developing adaptive capacities. The occupational therapist's goal is to provide the client with the skills necessary to function in the community or in the client's chosen environment
Occupational therapy helping people recover from injuries to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Occupational therapy services typically include an individualized evaluation during which the occupational therapist determines the person's goals, to improve the patient's ability to perform daily activities and reach goals, and evaluate outcomes to ensure that goals are being met.
Occupational therapy may focus on:
• Social Skills
• Fine Motor Skills
• Strength & Coordination
• Self-help skills eating, dressing, & grooming
• Hand Function
• Physical Strength & Endurance
Contact our Occupational Therapy staff for strength & coordination and physical strength & endurance.