What is an Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy often referred to as OT, is a healthcare profession that focuses on developing, recovering, or maintaining the daily living and working skills of people with physical, mental, or cognitive impairments.
What is an occupation?
In occupational therapy, occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do .
What should I expect when working with an occupational therapist?
Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession that involves ongoing assessments to understand what activities you can do (and those you want to do). Together, you and your occupational therapist will discuss any current limitations, your goals/motivations and they may also offer advice/techniques about how to do something more easily and safely.
What is a treatment plan?
You and your occupational therapist will develop a treatment plan, which can include specific treatment interventions (e.g., adaptive equipment, activity grading), education,work and targeted rehabilitation exercises and strategies to get you back to your activities that matter most.
What should I expect during my first occupational therapy session??
Your occupational therapist will complete a comprehensive assessment, including asking you about your symptoms (i.e., physical, cognitive, emotional) and exploring functional issues in detail. This helps the occupational therapist understand what it is you need and want to do in your everyday life, as well as what barriers may be in the way of achieving your goals.
What are some common conditions occupational therapists treat?
Occupational therapists treat many conditions as a result of injury or disease; they are the experts in treating functional problems that may be related to certain conditions or symptoms. If you’re experiencing any change in functional abilities, an occupational therapist can help!
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