Occupational therapy services help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities or “occupations”.
It may seem that occupational therapy is only for adults; kids, after all, do not have occupations. But a child's main job is playing and learning, and occupational therapists evaluate skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.
Our Occupational therapy practitioners use a holistic approach in which we focus on adapting the environment to fit the person, as the person is an integral part of the therapy team.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
An individualized treatment plan will be developed, which the client/family and occupational therapist conduct determine the person’s goals, customize interventions to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach goals, and monitor progress to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy services may also include comprehensive evaluations in the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school). Recommendations for adaptive equipment and training, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers are also made.
We provide therapy service in schools, homes, on-line and in our clinic located in Chandler.
Our Occupational Therapy (OT) practitioners approach therapy from a holistic perspective. Therapy is specifically adapted to meet the needs of the patient, and several creative and diverse tools can be utilized.
Our occupational therapists are also capable of developing strategies for addressing psychological and emotional behaviors, and social self-regulation.
There are two professional levels of occupational practice — occupational therapist (OT) and certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). An OT conducts evaluations, develops treatment plans, and provides therapy. A COTA provides therapy under the direct supervision of an OT.
For more information about occupational therapy, check out the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
Our Occupational Therapists have highly specialized degrees and bring years of rich and diverse experiences to the clients we serve. They will work with each individual to design a program that meets the unique needs of that person. Meaningful activities will be developed to make therapy interesting and effective in meeting goals.