What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists (OT’s) help to improve or maintain everyday activities for people with a physical, mental or cognitive challenge. OT’s assess a person’s activities of daily living (ADL’s), which can include the things you need to do (get out of bed, shower, dress, eat, etc) and the things you want to do (leisure activities, etc). OT’s observe and analyze body mechanics and offer suggestions to either modify the way the person performs the task, change the environment, or provide assistance, such as equipment, to help people do their everyday activities with ease.
Occupational Therapists employ client centered care, focusing on the client’s goals and objectives and creating a cohesive plan to meet their goals.
Reasons to See an Occupational Therapist
- Workplace injury
- Motor Vehicle Injury
- Physical injury
- Mental health concerns (depression, anxiety)
- Cognitive concerns (concussion, etc)
- Return to work planning
- Functional assessment
- Ergonomic assessment to address desk/workspace concerns
- Home assessment
- Equipment needs, such as equipment needed for showering, dressing, mobility or other everyday activities