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The Role of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy, Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy
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Added on March 31, 2015

Tomorrow starts the month of April, which is also Occupational Therapy Month. Ivy Rehab is the proud home of many excellent Occupational Therapists and we want to share what it is that an Occupational Therapist does.

By pure definition Occupational Therapy (OT) is the use of assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental, or cognitive disorder. Occupational therapists also focus much of their work on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities.

The excellent way it is put by the AOTA, American Occupational Therapy Association, an OT will ask "What matters to you?" not, "What's the matter with you?" It is the focus of an Occupational Therapist to find the goals of a patient and make them happen not just make them feel physically better. Many of these people do not have the ability to perform routine tasks and each OT works to make that more possible.

The AOTA list an OT's service offerings as:

  • 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 make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational Therapists have a holistic approach, where they concentrateon making sure the surroundingsfit the patient, and the patientisone with the occupational therapy team.

You can learn more about Occupational Therapy and the AOTA and their website.






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