April is Occupational Therapy month! We want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for our amazing occupational therapists and commend them for all they do! We also think this is a wonderful time to explain…
What is Occupational Therapy?
An occupational therapist is a medical professional who evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty participating in “occupations” or meaningful activities relevant to their daily lives. A common misconception is that occupational therapy is specifically for adults as children do not have “occupations,” but a child’s main job is playing and learning. An occupational therapist evaluates a child’s skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and compares them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.
Occupational therapy focuses on helping people with their day-to-day tasks that “occupy” their time, enabling them to contribute to the wider community. It equips children and adolescents with the necessary tools to improve their fine and gross motor skills, resulting in the ability to participate as fully as possible in school and extracurricular activities. Occupational therapy promotes independent living and a fulfilling life to follow.
OTs might address some of the following:
Amy Grant is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Autism Specialist and Clinic Director of Therapy Center of Buda.
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