Occupational Therapy empowers and enables people of all ages to push through limitations in their daily lives—physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually—so they can do more and live better.
How do OTs help?
The practice of OT is diverse and varies based on who the OT is helping and what challenges they are experiencing. OT clients can be individuals of any age, groups, communities, organizations and/or systems.
Physical or mental health difficulties or barriers in the environment are examples of challenges that an OTs client might face. These challenges can interfere with a person’s ability to look after themselves or their family or participate in school, work or leisure activities.
In collaboration with their clients and others – such as the client’s family and friends, teachers/instructors, employers/workplaces, etc. – OTs offer their clients tools and strategies to improve their ability to do what they need to do each day.
For example, an OT can help a person:
- learn to get dressed after shoulder surgery or breaking a hip
- cope with anxiety or other mental health difficulties at school or work
- participate in leisure activities after a stroke or head injury
- adapt their home or workplace after a back or spinal cord injury
Do you think an OT could make your life better, or the life of someone you know? Occupational Therapist services can be accessed directly, or services may be offered through medical, health, educational, and social systems. To find an Occupational Therapist in a private practice, please visit SAOT.