occupational therapy

What is Occupational Therapy

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in mental disability, occupational therapy, therapy, Tips | 0 comments

  Many of us still do not know what occupational therapy is. To simply define it, it is the use of treatments to develop, recover or maintain the daily living and work skills of individuals who suffer from physical, mental or developmental condition. It is a therapy that is focused on the client wherein achieving progress is of utmost importance. Its processes focus on the adaptation of the environment, modification of the task, teaching the skill and providing education to the client and his or her family. It encourages the client and his or her family to participate in the process to better improve the condition of the former.   Occupational Therapy Process An occupational therapist works systematically through a series of actions referred to as the occupational therapy process. The whole procedure includes evaluation, intervention and outcome. Different people who have conducted research about it have come up with various conclusions – Creek said that the therapy should have 11 stages while Fearing, Law and Clark suggested a 7-stage process. The Canadian Practice Process Framework (CPPF), on the other hand, has 8 action points and three contextual elements.   Children and Youth Occupational therapists work with different patients – infants, toddlers, young adults and even full-grown adults. They conduct their programs in different settings too – schools, clinics, homes, etc. The main job of these therapists is to offer assistance to children and their caregivers to develop skills that will allow them to participate in meaningful occupations. Occupational therapists address the psychosocial needs of their patients to allow them to participate in meaningful events. The occupations pertained to here include normal growth and development, feeding, play, social skills and education. Simply put, occupational therapy for children and youth focuses on providing individualized treatment for sensory processing difficulties, facilitates hand-writing development in school-aged children and promote functional skills for children with developmental disabilities.   On Rehabilitation Occupational therapists address the needs of rehabilitation, disability and participation. They also provide treatment for adults with disabilities in a variety of settings including hospitals, home health, skilled nursing facilities, etc. These therapists also consider a number of things when planning a treatment for their patients. Physical, cognitive, psychosocial and environmental needs of the patient are taken into account to come up with the best...

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