Have you hugged your OT today?

Have you hugged YOUR OT today?

             April is Occupational Therapy Month!  Um, excuse me, but what the heck is OT anyway?  Is that kinda like physical therapy?  Do occupational therapists help you find a job, or what?  Not exactly... 

            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.

            Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

•       an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,

•       customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and

•       an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

                      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.

            There are a handful of highly skilled occupational therapists who are an integral part of the Advanced Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine clinical team .  The OT's at APTSM work in a variety of settings: 

•         Outpatient clinics.  Several OT staff members specialize in hands and upper extremity, treating patients with pain and dysfunction associated with injury or the wear and tear of daily living and aging. 

•         Industrial sites across Northeast Wisconsin.  OT provides on-site work-hardening, job-site analysis, education for body mechanics, and pre-injury screenings.

•         Recovery Inn in partnership with the Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley. Occupational therapists provide therapy for acute care, post-surgical patients, helping them return to maximum independence before returning home.

April is Occupational Therapy Month!  Have you hugged YOUR OT today? 

Allison M. Salm, OTR, CLT