People experience life to the fullest through meaningful occupations - the day to day skills, activities, interactions and experiences that engage us with our environment, our community and the people around us. Our ability to participate in occupations that are important to us promotes health and well-being. The goal of occupational therapy is to positively influence people's health by enabling occupation.
Occupational Therapists...Empowering People with Skills for the Job of Living
Occupational Therapists (OTs) are health professionals that help people or groups of people of all ages assume or reassume the skills they need for the job of living. Occupational Therapists work with their clients to help them identify barriers to meaningful occupations (self care, work and leisure). While enabling clients to change these barriers, Occupational therapists fulfill the roles of therapist, educator, counselor, case manager, resource developer, policy analyst and advocate.
Occupational Therapists Help With Situations Such As:
- difficulties affecting one's ability to care for oneself or others
- returning to work after prolonged illness or injury
- learning difficulties in the classroom
- mobility/seating problems that impair function in the home/workplace/community
- difficulties socializing or enjoying leisure time because of functional changes
- home or workplace modifications when accessibility is an issue
- Managing pain due to injury, burns, arthritis, etc.
- Hand and upper extremity rehabilitation
- Home assessments
- Ergonomic assessments