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). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, recover from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
Each patient will receive 1:1 care with a licensed and certified therapist. The therapy will focus on goals set at the time of evaluation that are reasonable and achievable by the patient. Each goal will be customized to the individual receiving therapy. The goals may include difficulties or concerns observed in a school or home based environment.
Occupational therapy is a function-based approach to rehabilitation and the acquisition of skills to increase an individual's ability to function in meaningful tasks. Occupational therapy is a client-centered approach that will develop, improve, and restore independence limited by an injury, disability, illness, or a psychological dysfunction. Goals of occupational therapy clients are meaningful to the client and the family to increase independence with functional tasks. For instance, a child's ability to write his or her name, tie a shoe, or manipulate silverware to feed him or herself would be considered meaningful and functional goals. Goals are obtainable through adaption of an environment, modification of a task, teaching a skill, or providing education.