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Occupational Therapy Month

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 11:53:13 AM by healtheo360

Occupational therapy (OT) practitioners, researchers, educators, and students host a month-long celebration showcasing the value of occupational therapy. The event demonstrates the profession’s dedication to helping others from pediatrics to geriatrics to prevent or live better with illnesses, injuries, or forms of disabilities.

Occupational therapy

What is occupational therapy ?

Occupational therapy is a form of therapy in which patients are encouraged to engage job-related tasks or expressive activities, such as art or dance, usually in a social setting. Common OT involvements include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations and helping other individuals recover from injuries to regain skills they once demonstrated.

“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).” -- American Occupational Therapy Association

Occupational therapy services normally include:

• Performance skills assessments and treatments
• Comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments such as , workplace, school with adaption recommendations
• Customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities
• Guidance to family members and caregivers.

Health Conditions that benefit from Occupational Therapy:

• Alzheimer’s disease
• Arthritis
• Fibromyalgia
• Parkinson’s disease
• Schizophrenia
• Cerebral palsy
• Stroke
• Musculoskeletal trauma
• Learning disabilities
• Carpal tunnel syndrome

Approximately 117,000 occupational therapists and OT assistants are licensed to practice in all states. Continue to show your appreciation for OT throughout the month of April.

Sources:
American Occupational Therapy Association, Heritage Healthcare , Promote OT

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