April is Occupational Therapy Month! Both of our owners, Oliver and David, are occupational therapists (not physical therapists). Additionally, Oliver and David both have an extra specialization as certified hand therapists. However, Hand Therapy Month is not until June (more celebrations to come at that time). This month we get to celebrate everything occupational therapy related.
What is occupational therapy, you ask? According to the American Occupational Therapist Association (AOTA):
“Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
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. Occupational therapy services typically include:
• an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
• customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
• an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.”
According to the US News & World Report, occupational therapy ranks as #11 in Best Healthcare Jobs and #13 in 100 Best Jobs. Occupational therapy is a great profession where the focus is truly to help people live their life to the fullest every day. Oliver and David are grateful to be part of such a great profession and applaud all the OTs across the world who help people improve their function. These great men and women do so in many different areas of practice and different parts of the world. Ascend Hand Therapy is proud and honored to serve our local community and help our patients live life to the fullest.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about occupational therapy, you may contact our office or visit www.aota.org.