What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) is the use of assessment and intervention to develop, recover, or maintain meaningful activities, or occupations. In outpatient therapy, occupational therapists commonly work with the following:
- Upper quarter injuries (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand)
- Pediatric clients
- Geriatric clients
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 for its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapists 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.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to fully participate in classroom and social situations, helping people recovering from injury 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 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
- An outcomes evaluation to ensure the goals are being met and/or to make changes to the intervention plan
- Specialized occupational therapy may include hand therapy services, such as post-surgical rehabilitation, splint fabrication, bracing, and preventative treatment
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