· OTs are knowledgeable in the area of disease progression, therefore they are able to recommend a variety of solutions to mobility and/or other occupational performance difficulties that are or may become problematic as the disease progresses.  Contractors, builders, realtors, interior designers, etc. are not trained in the healthcare field.

· OTs are trained in breaking down task performance (i.e. knowing the sequencing of all steps involved in performing a particular task).

· OTs can educate the client and/or caregiver about adaptive techniques as well as the proper use of adaptive equipment that can facilitate safety and improved performance in activities of daily living skills.

· OTs can assess the client’s contextual areas to determine feasible strategies to promote independence within that context (i.e. ease of mobility throughout the home or the community).

· OTs are trained in all areas of the lifespan.

 

What We Do

What does an Occupational Therapist do?

 

An Occupational Therapist (OT) is a skilled healthcare professional who works with clients to promote health and well being through all areas of occupation (see chart below).  The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by examining  the client’s performance skills, performance patterns, client factors, and activity demands as well as the context within which each of these activities is performed.  

Areas of Occupation

Activities of daily living (ADL), Work, Education, Social Participation, Play, Leisure

Performance Skills

Process Skills, Motor Skills, Communication/Interaction Skills

Performance Patterns

Routines, Habits, Roles

Client Factors

Body Function

Body Structures

Context

Physical, Cultural, Social, Spiritual, Temporal, Virtual

Activity Demands

Objects, Space, Social Demands, Sequencing

What are the Benefits of Using an Occupational Therapist (OT) to Assess Your Home Modification and Accessibility Needs?

Source:  American Occupational Therapy Assoc. (2008).  Occupational therapy practice framework:  Domain and Process (2nd ed.)