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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession that provides skilled services to help individuals participate in meaningful and purposeful activities of everyday life, achieve independence, and gain fulfillment in all aspects of their lives. Occupational therapists work to promote health and well-being of individuals with developmental, neurological, psychological, social, and cognitive impairments through engagement in occupation (everyday activities).

Who needs Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists work with individuals of all ages, communities, and populations. The scope of Occupational Therapy is wide, thus services may be necessary or recommended across the lifespan in a variety of settings and environments. Easter Seals occupational therapists work in homes, day habilitation facilities and community centers, skilled nursing homes, and schools. Occupational therapy may be recommended in the following areas:

How can Occupational Therapy help me?

Occupational therapists use a variety of different treatment strategies to:

  • Increase individual's function and optimize their independence in all settings.
  • Increase participation in and performance of daily activities that are meaningful to the individual.
  • Increase independence in daily living skills, such as dressing, eating, bathing and vocational pursuits.
  • Improve muscle strength and range of motion through activities.
  • Develop play skills and leisure interests.
  • Provide compensatory approaches, such as adapting and modifying the environment for improved functional independence.
  • Provide education to patients, families, and caregivers.
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