- by R K Senthil Kumar - Occupational Therapist
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- Jun 12 2017
What Is Occupational Therapy?
"What matters to you?" not “What is the matter with you?” is something that is asked by the occupational therapist. In its plain and simple words terms, occupational therapy and occupational therapists assist and help people beyond the lifespan take part in the things they need and want to do through the remedial use of day to day activities (occupations).
Common occupational therapy involvement involves supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes, helping people recouping from injury to reconquer skills and helping children with disorders to participate fully in school and social situations. Typically occupational therapy services include:
Determining the person’s goal, during an individualized assessment together with the family, client and occupational therapist.
Customized medication to improve the person’s capacity to perform day to day activities and reach the goals
Make changes to the intervention plan by evaluating the outcome to make sure that the goals are being met and/or worked towards.
Occupational therapy services may involve complete evaluation of the client’s other environments (e.g., workplace, school) and home, guidance for adjustable material and training in its use, and education and guidance for caregivers and family members. Occupational therapy physicians have a holistic view, in which the focus is on changing the environment to fit the person, and the person is an essential part of the therapy team. It is a practice based on extremely rooted in science.
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