Promotes independence by improving the required skills
Occupational Therapy – promotes independence by improving the skills required to perform our daily activities and/ or teaching alternative ways to accomplish them
- Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
- Joint pain in hands, arms or shoulders
- Difficulty dressing
- Difficulty bathing
- Difficulty with meals
Occupational Therapy for children
Occupational therapy (OT) treatment focuses on helping people with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults; kids, after all, do not have occupations. But a child’s main job is playing and learning, and occupational therapists can evaluate kids’ skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with an someone’s physical well-being, OT practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect functioning in different ways. This approach makes OT a vital part of health care for some kids.
According to the AOTA, kids with these medical problems might benefit from OT
- birth injuries or birth defects
- sensory processing disorders
- traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord)
- learning problems * autism/pervasive developmental disorders * juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- mental health or behavioral problems * broken bones or other orthopedic injuries
- developmental delays
- post-surgical conditions * burns
- spina bifida
- traumatic amputations * cancer
- severe hand injuries * multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses