Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person. 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). Unlike other professions, occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments (e.g., home, work, school, community). 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 practitioners treat people of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re recovering from an illness or injury, or have a permanent disability, occupational therapy practitioners make sure you can do all the things that are important to you. For more information on occupational therapy and occupational therapy month, please visit http://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy.aspx#sthash.StSNfi46.dpuf. Kristi Chapman, OTR, CHT
Registered Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist – OakBend Medical Center Disclaimer: The contents of this article, including text and images, are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a medical service. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health professional for medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment.