April is Occupational Therapy Month. During this time we celebrate the skills and commitment of our occupational therapists, Renee Gross, Janelle Ruff and Chasity Starman, as well as OT’s across the nation.
Occupational Therapy, often called OT, is the use of treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with physical, mental, or developmental conditions.
Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the patient/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities (occupations), particularly those that are meaningful to the patient.
In the outpatient setting, occupational therapy also works to improve a person’s functional abilities after injury, surgery, or simply when difficulties are identified. A person may have difficulties writing and using their hands following a wrist fracture or stroke, for example. Outpatient occupational therapy also is beneficial to children who are experiencing developmental and sensory troubles. Patients and therapists work together to determine what is most important to the patient.
An occupational therapist must earn a Master’s degree or a Doctoral degree in occupational therapy, and be licensed in order to practice. They also must pass a National Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Occupational Therapy is a challenging, fascinating, and rewarding job combining creativity and problem solving with the ability to make practical and meaningful changes in a person’s life. Here at Platte Valley Medical Center, we appreciate and celebrate the efforts of Renee, Janelle and Chasity, and those of OTs all over the nation.