Gain Strength Through Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapy

In life, there are some things that we just cannot change, but improving our overall health doesn’t fall under that category. Occupational therapy gives you the opportunity to strengthen the areas where you’re weak and gain independence in spite of life’s curve balls.

Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) help individuals by applying therapeutic methods to everyday activities. Although many see occupational therapy sessions for adults, children can participate in it as well. Their levels of testing will be calculated based on a typical child’s level of play and how well they are able to retain what they’ve learned.

OT is much like physical therapy in that it’s purpose is also used to help people adjust after an injury. OT, however, isn’t limited to physical adjustments. It also involves helping patients with cognitive and sensory issues, disabilities, and social situations.

Evaluation and Progress

Occupational therapists track progress by evaluating the client and deciding which goals they’d like to reach. After, the OT creates a customized plan to help their patient reach the goals they’ve set. Lastly, an evaluation is made based on the progress that the client has made. The OT makes an assessment on methods that worked best.

Though therapy sessions are typically done in a facility, it’s also common for occupational therapists to schedule visits at the client’s home, workplace, or even at school.

Listed below are reasons why children may need occupational therapy (People of all ages fall under these categories). Kidshealth.org suggested the following:

• birth injuries or birth defects • sensory processing disorders • traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord) • learning problems • autism/pervasive developmental disorders • juvenile rheumatoid arthritis • mental health or behavioral problems • broken bones or other orthopedic injuries • developmental delays • post-surgical conditions • burns • spina bifida • traumatic amputations • cancer • severe hand injuries • multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses

If you’re experiencing any of the above, consider speaking to your doctor about occupational therapy. Discuss treatment options with a health professional and look into a therapy program for your child.

References:

What Is Occupational Therapy – AOTA. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.aota.org/about-occupational-therapy.aspx#sthash.Bck7qxwx.dpuf Occupational Therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/ill/occupational_therapy.html#

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