What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities/occupations. Occupational therapists enable people of all ages to live a life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent injury, illness or disability.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the patient and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach their goals,
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapists have a holistic perspective,  in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

Appointments are accepted Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m., or by special arrangement. Call (507) 831-0634 to schedule an appointment today!

Blog Written By: Nicole Sammons, Occupational Therapist

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