Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Occupational Therapy Month!

April is Occupational Therapy Month (among many others including Autism Awareness Month)! OT month was started in 1980 to coincide with the American Occupational Therapy Associations Annual Conference and Expo, but is so much more than that. It's a great opportunity to get the word out about OT and what it can do to change lives!

I was super excited to see that on Wednesday's episode of Jeopardy!, Occupational Therapy was a category AND Alex Trebek even said that the category was in honor of OT month! Talk about publicity. Unfortunately, it was the last category to be chosen by the contestants, but guess what? Only one question was answered wrong, indicating that there is a basic understanding of OT (or the contestants are good at answering questions from clues)!

Wikipedia defines Occupational Therapy as:
the use of assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental, or cognitive disorder. Occupational therapists also focus much of their work on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities.Occupational therapy is a client-centered practice that places emphasis on the progress towards the client's goals.Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to the client.

The American Occupational Therapy Association's website has great resources for patients and clients, and a general introduction to OT. You can find that information here.

What questions do you have about OT? How has OT changed your life (or your child's)?


Shelly LOVES being an OT!

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