Occupational Therapy helps people of all ages participate in normal activities throughout their daily routines.
How it Works
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy seeks to help people of all ages to live life to its fullest by promoting health, and preventing injury, illness, or disability.
Occupational therapists provide customized interventions to improve a person’s ability to perform daily activities in their homes, their workplaces, and their communities.
Occupational therapists employ a holistic approach by adapting the environment or task to fit the person. In this way, the patient is an integral part of the therapy team. Occupational therapy is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science1.
Occupational Therapy May Help2
- Pediatric Conditions: Developmental delays, cerebral palsy, and autism
- Neurological Conditions: Impairments resulting from stroke, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries
- Hand Movement: Arthritis, fractures of the hand, and tendon repairs
- Work Related Injuries: Rotator cuff tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sports-related Injuries: Concussion and shoulder injuries
- Age Related: Physical, psychosocial, and cognitive changes that may come with age
- Orthotics: Upper extremity orthotics (braces) or prosthetics
- Mental Health: Coping skills, behavior modifications and daily strategies to manage activities
- “What is Occupational Therapy?” American Occupational Therapy Association, https://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/OTMonth/what-is-OT.aspx
- “Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation.” American Occupational Therapy Association, https://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy/Professionals/RDP.aspx