In the simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in daily life activities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations) that are meaningful to them. These "skills for the job of living" are necessary to ensure satisfying, fulfilling, and independent lives. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, 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 their goals
- An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan
Pediatric Occupational Therapy
For children, the primary occupation is play. Through play a child develops physically, mentally and emotionally—allowing them to function effectively within their environment. When a deficit or delay exists in development, an occupational therapist works closely with the child and family to create a program of activities or adaptations to meet their specific needs through the therapeutic use of play.
Learn more about Pediatric Therapy Services.