Occupational therapy is a profession specializing in maximizing the independence levels of individuals with physical or mental challenges limiting their ability to perform purposeful and meaningful daily activities such as dressing, toileting, cooking, hand washing, structuring their day, money management, driving, shopping, gardening and the ability to fulfill their many unique roles as an individual.
What do occupational therapists do?
Occupational therapy may use therapeutic tasks or procedures to work on the components of daily activities in order to enhance independent functioning. Interventions may include: aquatics, splinting, transfer training, activities of daily living retraining, neuromuscular re-education, range of motion, strength and endurance training, balance training, fine motor skills and coping skills. Other interventions include cognitive and perceptual retraining, behavior management, home safety education, joint protection education, energy conservation, community reintegration and conflict resolution. If there are physical impairments limiting independent functioning, assistive devices will be given along with education on usage in order to increase functioning related to the impaired area.
What outcomes can I expect from occupational therapy?
You can expect increased or improved functional ability to perform purposeful and meaningful daily activities with specifics to life roles such as parenting, guardian, employee, student, spouse or other unique responsibilities.