What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) is a branch of health care that helps people of all ages who have physical, sensory, or cognitive problems. OT can help them regain independence in all areas of their lives. Occupational therapists help with barriers that affect a person's emotional, social, and physical needs.
Occupational therapy is the only 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 therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
Pediatric occupational therapy helps children gain independence while also strengthening the development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and visual motor skills that children need to function and socialize.
What exactly does an occupational therapist do?
Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.
Occupational therapy practitioners 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. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.
What qualifies a person for occupational therapy?
A person might see an occupational therapist (OT) if he/she has trouble doing everyday things because of physical, psychological or emotional problems, developmental delay or intellectual disability.
Why would a child need occupational therapy?
If a child needs support to develop optimally, occupational therapy can help. For children with developmental delays or a known physical or mental condition associated with a high probability of delays, occupational therapy can help improve their motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication, and play skills.
At The Speech Station, occupational therapy evaluations and therapy are available to address sensory processing needs, fine motor, gross motor, cognitive skills, self-help skills and play skills.
In our occupational therapy room, extra space is provided for swinging, jumping, rolling and all sorts of fun!