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What is Occupational Therapy?

May 7, 2018

 

Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to live life at the fullest, whether this is during an injury or in preventing an injury. Oftentimes older adults will need occupational therapy to help cope with the change in capabilities of their body. As we all get older, more task will present themselves as a challenge. Increased physical limitations will increase these perceived challenges as life goes on.


It is also common for children to undergo occupational therapy. Treatment can come in different forms and can help kids participate fully in school and help children in social situations. 


Occupational therapy is all about patients gaining skills that they currently lack.  Occupational therapy should be goal orientated around the patient, explicitly stating the area in which needs improvement, and how this improvement will look once the treatment has finished. Goals should be set to monitor a patient’s recovery and the treatment plan should be adjusted as needed.


The goal of occupational therapy is to empower patients to be able to perform daily tasks on their own. Patients gaining autonomy is extremely valuable and allows the patient to live life on their own. 

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