Occupational Therapy Useful in More Than Just Jobs

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Byline: Carrie Werth-Rudolph For The Register-Guard

When we think of occupational therapy, workplace accidents or injuries are usually the first things that come to mind.

But occupational therapy serves a variety of patients and health needs, from preventive care to rehabilitation to mental health.

Occupational therapy, or OT, focuses on helping people improve physical or mental functions that may be impairing their ability to carry out normal daily activities. Occupational therapists work with patients of all ages, from young children to senior adults, to help improve the skills they need to function at home, at work, at school or in their leisure time.

What makes OT unique, according to the American Occupational Therapy Association, is its holistic focus on individuals' capabilities, the activity or activities they are having trouble performing, and the environment where the activity is usually performed - such as work, home or other settings.

The goal of occupational therapy depends on the patient and their living or working environment. For children, the focus might be on physical, mental health or cognitive issues that affect their health, the way they interact with others, or their academic performance. …