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Occupational therapy (OT) is a branch of health care that helps people of all ages who have physical, sensory, or cognitive problems. OT can help them regain independence in all areas of their lives.
Occupational therapists help with barriers that affect a person’s emotional, social, and physical needs. To do this, they use everyday activities, exercises, and other therapies.
OT helps kids play, improves their school performance, and aids their daily activities. It also boosts their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. With OT, kids can:
OT can help kids and teens who have:
Physical therapy and occupational therapy both help improve kids’ quality of life, but there are differences. Physical therapy (PT) helps with:
Occupational therapy helps with:
The two professional levels of occupational practice are:
OTs and OTAs must do supervised fieldwork programs and pass a national certification exam. A license to practice is mandatory in most states, as are continuing education classes.
Occupational therapists work in many different settings, including hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities, private practices. and children’s clinics.
If you think occupational therapy could help your child, you can:
Occupational therapy helps children overcome obstacles to be as independent as possible. Learn more about OT.
Physical therapy helps people get back to full strength and movement – and manage pain – in key parts of the body after an illness or injury.
Parents are likely to be stressed when a child is hospitalized, and questions about the people providing medical care and what roles they play can add to the confusion. Our guide can help.
Wheelchairs are a way for some people to be independent, despite illnesses or injuries. Find out more in this article for kids.
Working with a certified speech-language pathologist can help a child with speech or language difficulties.
When kids need intensive health care after they’re discharged from the hospital, it’s important that family and caregivers learn about the devices, equipment, and support they’ll need.
Doctors often recommend physical therapy for kids who have been injured or have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability. Learn more about PT.
Taking care of a chronically ill child is one of the most draining and difficult tasks a parent can face. But support groups, social workers, and family friends often can help.
An occupational therapist can help kids who have trouble doing everyday things, like writing, eating, or getting dressed.
Do you know what your occupation is?
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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