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Occupational Therapy is a skilled intervention that helps individuals achieve their highest level of independence in all areas of their life. Occupational Therapy treatment is provided to individuals who have experienced injury, illness, developmental disabilities or affects of the aging process to improve physical abilities, motor coordination, fine motor skills and cognition.
Recreational Therapy uses activities to evaluate and treat children who have a physical, mental or emotional disability. It is a form of active treatment that works to improve the functioning of kids disabled by trauma or disease. Through play activities, children are helped to adjust to daily living and enjoy social contacts.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association,
In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Unlike other professions, occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments (e.g., home, work, school, community) and addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being through engagement in occupation.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and develop social skills, helping people recovering from injury to regain function through retraining and/or adaptations, and providing supports 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, and
an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or to modify the intervention plan based on the patient’s needs and skills.
Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments, recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, training in how to modify a task or activity to facilitate participation, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Entry-level practice requires a master’s degree for occupational therapists and an associate’s degree for occupational therapy assistants (who must be supervised by an OT).
What are the outcomes? Occupational therapy is an evidence-based, science-driven profession that applies the most up-to-date research to service delivery. Learn more about the research on the health benefits of occupational therapy and the evidence that is used to support best practice. Read more.
What is the role of occupational therapy in health care reform? Learn more about how occupational therapy is helping to save health care dollars while improving patient outcomes.
The “occupation” of children is to thrive, and occupational therapy practitioners work with children and young adults, from infancy through college, and their families to facilitate participation and independence.
Mental health is a component of all occupational therapy interventions,. Occupational therapy practitioners provide mental health treatment and prevention services for children, youth, the aging, and those with severe and persistent mental illness, with a focus on function and independence.
Occupational therapy practitioners help people manage and prevent chronic diseases, which reduces hospitalizations and other health care costs. They work with individuals, groups, and populations.
Occupational therapy practitioners ensure that people recovering from illness or injury, or with a disability, can function in all their environments with the ability they have. They reduce health care costs by promoting independence and self-care. - See more at: