Occupational therapists treat individuals whose lives have been disrupted by physical injury or accident, birth defect, aging, emotional, sensory or developmental problems. A physician's order is required to initiate occupational therapy evaluations and/or treatment.
The goal of occupational therapy is to assist each individual in becoming as independent as their disability will allow, using functional activities, assistive devices, and technology. Rather than referring to a person's employment, the term "occupational" means being occupied in meaningful day-to-day living activities, including work and leisure.
Activities of Daily Living
- Oral hygiene/grooming
- Toilet hygiene
- Adaptive/assistive equipment and splinting
- Cognitive integration
- Home, school, job-site visits, vocational services and consultations
- Independent living skills
- Home management
- Child care/parenting retraining
- Community re-entry
- Safety awareness & performance
- Financial management
- Sensory awareness, processing and mobulation
- Upper extremity prosthetic training