April is Occupational Therapy Month
April is Occupational Therapy Month, and at Comprehensive Rehab, we’re proud of our occupational therapists and the work they do every day to improve the lives of their patients.
The theme of the 2020 Occupational Therapy Month is “Living Life to the Fullest.”
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).
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, “disease, injury, depression, or developmental problems can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be active and independent.”
Occupational Therapists Work With Patients of All Ages
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 support 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.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Says Need For Occupational Therapists Will Grow
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has indicated that the need for occupational therapists will continue to grow.
In fact, the Bureau noted, “Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb.”
Occupational therapists typically have a master’s degree in occupational therapy and all states require occupational therapists to be licensed.