In celebration of Occupational Therapy Month, our blog with publish facts and information on the benefits of OT during the Month of April. Please enjoy!
What Is Occupational Therapy?
In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). 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 supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
- an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
- customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
- an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.
See more at: http://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy.aspx#sthash.hM3vfMfc.dpuf
What do Occupational therapy practitioners do?
- Perform assessments for health risks related to potential for falls, safety in independent living, and cognitive/memory screens in older adults
- Evaluate children for gross and fine motor deficits, sensory processing or adaptive behavior differences which may result in developmental delays
- Teach strategies to incorporate healthy habits and routines into daily activities for clients of all ages and abilities
- Identify solutions to personal and environmental barriers limiting clients from engaging in healthy activities
- Educate about the importance of relaxation and rest to achieve balance between work and leisure; teach relaxation techniques
- Provide skills training in areas such as socialization, care giving, parenting, time management, stress management, etc.
(excerpt from AOTA Fact Sheet)
Meet one of our Occupational Therapists!
Brittany Bureau, OTR
I’m excited to join the Therapy Center team and look forward to using my knowledge and clinical experience in a variety of settings to provide individualized and enjoyable rehabilitative programs that will enhance my patients’ function with everyday activities.”
-Bachelors in Athletic Training
For more information on OT services in our outpatient clinic, contact us:
Ph: 337-824-4547 Fax: 337-824-4548