• What is Occupational Therapy?

    The American Occupational Therapy Association describes occupational therapy as skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the "skills for the job of living" that are necessary for independent and satisfying lives. Occupational therapy services typically include:
    • Customized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities
    • Comprehensive home, school and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
    • Functional skills assessments and treatment
    • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
    • Guidance to family members, teachers, students and caregivers
    Occupational therapy services are delivered in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and mental health clinics.

    Occupational therapists bring expertise in five therapeutic domains to the educational setting:
    • Sensory awareness/processing
    • Neuro-muscular functions
    • Motor (gross, fine and oral) skills
    • Perceptual skills
    • Adaptive behaviors

    A child’s or student’s occupations may include being a:
    • Playmate
    • Student
    • Sibling
    • Athlete
    • Employee

    Activities of their daily life can include:
    • play/recreation
    • learning
    • self care tasks such as dressing, feeding and grooming
    • job tasks
    • household chores