By Joy Bradshaw, O.T.D.
You might be asking yourself, what is occupational therapy (OT)? It is a healthcare profession which works with people of all ages and abilities to return to activities of daily living and life skills after an accident or injury.
Activities of daily living and life skills include dressing, bathing, feeding oneself, grooming, handwriting, toileting tasks, medication management, bill paying/money management, housekeeping, driving, working, caring for children, caring for pets, cooking, grocery shopping, gardening, fishing, and golfing. The list really could go on and on! Any activity which occupies the day is a part of occupational therapy.
Occupational therapists want to know what gives meaning and purpose to your life. What would you like to be able to do? Hug your wife or husband? Pick up your children or grandchildren? OT works on that! Occupational therapists work with infants in the NICU, with teens working through eating disorders, with hand injuries, athletes, working adults, and retired adults. Occupational therapists also work in the school system with children to address behavior modification, handwriting, and computer use. OT uses adaptive equipment, technology, exercise, home modification, activity modifications, simulators, or repetition of task to improve independence and safety with activities of daily living. OT collaborates with other healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, dieticians, psychologists, teachers, recreational therapists, and exercise physiologists to determine a comprehensive, holistic approach to getting you back to living your life with meaning and purpose.
Sheltering Arms offers different programs within the scope of occupational therapy including low vision therapy, driving assessments, improving mobility from diseases like Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, and enhancing the lives of adults with developmental disabilities. Therapies for the treatment of various neurological conditions including stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury are also offered using the most advanced technology and clinical practice guidelines for the best evidence-based recovery possible. To learn more, visit ShelteringArms.com, call 1-877-56-REHAB, or connect on Facebook (/shelteringarms).
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