April is Occupational Therapy Month!
Occupational therapy is very important to us, as it is one of the services we provide to our patients. Many people do not understand exactly what occupational therapy is, so we want to take a moment to try and inform you!
Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to the client.
In 1917, the occupational therapy profession began with the founding of the Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy. This organization is now known as the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and it is this organization that certifies and accredits all practicing Occupational Therapists in the United States.
The foundations of occupational therapy are rooted in the belief that human occupation - perhaps better known clinically as activities of daily living or ADLs - has curative properties. In other words, being able to engage in the hobbies or activities that you love to do is cathartic. Whether you are a resident in a long-term care facility or an active-duty police officer, being able to effectively meet the daily demands of your occupation is beneficial to your health.
It is with this understanding that Occupational Therapists seek to maximize their patients’ abilities to engage in the activities that they want - or need - to perform on a daily basis. For an Occupational Therapist working in the school setting, this can mean helping a child with autism balance their play and schoolwork effectively. For an Occupational Therapist working in a long-term care setting, they will find themselves working with patients who need help with ways to effectively cook, clean, or use the restroom. The profession of occupational therapy is indeed diverse, and the role an OT plays in the care of patients can vary quite a lot depending on the setting that they practice in.
For more information, visit the Occupational Therapy website!