What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a type of healthcare that helps people do the things they want and need to do in their everyday lives. These “occupations” can include things like hobbies, taking care of yourself, working and so much more! Occupational therapy professionals work with people of all ages, from babies to seniors.

Why is Occupational Therapy Important? 

Occupational therapy is important because it can help people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses to live more independently and enjoy their lives more fully. Occupational therapy professionals use a variety of techniques and tools to help their patients achieve their goals, such as exercises, specialized equipment, and adaptive strategies.

Key benefits of occupational therapy:

  • Promotes independence and functional abilities
  • Improves quality of life for individuals with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges
  • Helps individuals regain or develop skills necessary for daily living, work, and leisure
  • Reduces the risk of further complications or disabilities
  • Provides holistic and client-centered care

OT Students from West Virginia University’s’ OT Program adapt a toy car for children who experience limited mobility through the Go Baby Go program.

How Do OT Practitioners Help People?

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