Could Your Child Benefit From OT? What OT’s Do and What They Help With.

April is Occupational Therapy Month. So what really is occupational therapy and what is an occupational therapist (OT)?  Occupational therapy is a profession that helps both young and old, across their lifespan, participate in their daily life activities, to their fullest potential.  Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help promote physical and mental health as well assist people of all ages live better with injury, illness or disability.Why is it named “occupational” therapy?  The Merriman-Webster dictionary defines occupation as, “the work that a person does: a person’s job or profession: an activity that a person spends time doing: the activity of living in or using a particular place.”  Hence, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help in all those areas of life!

Here are just a few examples:

  • Health and wellness
  • Driving and community mobility
  • Pain rehabilitation
  • Sleep
  • Chronic disease
  • Acute care
  • Mental health
  • Productive aging
  • Rehabilitation
  • Work and industry
  • Vision
  • Children and youth

Here at LLA Therapy, many of our therapists specialize in working with children and youth, including early intervention.  Their role encompasses a variety of conditions that affect children and their families; here are just a few examples:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Early Intervention
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Chronic or acute health conditions
  • School based occupational therapy

In occupational therapy, it is also important to support our interventions with knowledge, expertise, and evidence-based practice. Evidence based practice is clinically relevant scientific literature comprised and published by clinical experts, in their respected areas of study. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants can provide numerous resources to assist families and clients in their areas of need!

We as occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are passionate about what we do! We love helping our clients, students, families and we love to have fun doing it too!  So if you see an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant this month, wish them

“Happy OT Month!”

Do you think your child could benefit from occupational therapy? Request an appointment here

References: 

aota.org

www.merriman-webster.com/dictionary

 

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About the Author

JJ Schewikert

JJ Schweikert, MOT, OTR/L, OTPP, married to Todd and is a doggie mom to a very large dog-named Arko! Arko is a very sweet dog and has a personality that keeps you laughing! I am very blessed to have a job that I love! I am truly passionate about all my students and clients that I see both in the schools and outpatient clinic. They all brighten my world in one way or another!