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What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?

January 25th, 2013 | Posted by Melodie in Blog

If anyone has recommended that you or your child receive occupational therapy services, you may have some questions about what it is. If so, here is a good place to start.

Your life is made up of occupations—meaningful everyday activities. These occupations can include many roles, such as being a student, parent, friend, spouse, tennis player, artist, cook, or musician. We generally don’t think about our daily occupations until we have trouble doing them.

Everyone has occupations—from the toddler whose occupations are playing and learning to develop important skills, to the older adult whose occupations are engaging with family and friends and managing his or her home. If you are recovering from an accident or injury, your valued occupations may be disrupted. If you are a child, you may need help to gain skills to participate in these occupations. Occupational therapy incorporates your valued occupations into the rehabilitation process.

The word “occupation” in OT has to do with the things that normally occupy your time. The role of occupational therapy is to help people participate in their everyday activities. Occupational therapy services for adults and children are available at New Horizons Wellness Services, LLC.

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