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Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapy

November 16, 2021

Occupational therapy helps people with an injury, illness, or disability learn or re-learn to do everyday activities. For adults, this could include activities like getting dressed, cooking, and driving. For children, this could include activities like learning or playing. Occupational therapy got its name from its focus on helping patients with everyday activities—or “occupations.”

Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) are a part of your health care team. They think about your physical abilities, like which parts of your body you can and can’t easily move. They think about your mental abilities, like what your brain can and can’t process. And they think about your environment, like where you live, work, or go to school—and how you get there.

Your OT will ask you questions about what’s important to you, like driving your car or folding your laundry, so treatment focuses on meeting your goals. They might change the way you do an activity, like putting an extension on your steering wheel or suggesting grab bars to help you get in and out of the shower. OTs and OTAs will usually go wherever you need them so you can practice your skills where you’ll actually be doing activities, like your school, house, office, or nursing home.

Avoid treatments that aren’t helpful

There are some occupational therapy treatments that aren’t helpful. Some might not be provided in the best way, and some just might not be the right treatment for you. In the best-case scenario, these wouldn’t have any effect on you. But, in the worst-case scenario, they could make your symptoms last longer or get worse.

Your occupational therapy sessions should be efficient and useful. Depending on your treatment plan, below are five questions that might be helpful to ask your OT or OTA to make sure you’re getting the best possible treatment.


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