is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps
individuals achieve independence in all facets of
their lives. It gives people the "skills for
the job of living" necessary for independent
and satisfying lives. Services typically include:
Customized treatment programs to improve one's
ability to perform daily activities
Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with
Performance skills assessments and treatment
Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
Guidance to family members and caregivers
Occupational Therapy Practitioners
Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals
whose education includes the study of human growth
and development with specific emphasis on the social,
emotional, and physiological effects of illness
The occupational therapist enters the field with
a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree. The occupational
therapy assistant generally earns an associate degree.
Practitioners must complete supervised clinical
internships in a variety of health care settings,
and pass a national examination. Most states also
regulate occupational therapy practice.
Benefits From Occupational Therapy?
A wide variety of people can benefit from occupational
therapy, including those with
work-related injuries including lower back problems
or repetitive stress injuries
limitations following a stroke or heart attack
arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious
birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental
mental health or behavioral problems including
Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic
problems with substance use or eating disorders
burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations
broken bones or other injuries from falls, sports
injuries, or accidents
or cognitive problems that threaten their ability
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