What is an occupational therapist (OT)?
Occupational therapists assist their patients in learning the skills for the job of living. “Occupation,” in the mind of an OT, is anything a person does to take care of themselves or others (activities of daily living), be productive (work), and engage in leisure pursuits (play/hobbies).
Who would benefit from seeing an occupational therapist?
An OT can help people of all ages with a variety of goals and abilities. They use everyday activities as an instrument to create change and improve overall function. Here are some examples of OT through the lifespan:
- OT’s assist newborn babies with their occupations of achieving the proper state of alertness for feedings and joint motions to achieve proper developmental milestones.
- OT’s help school-aged children with fine motor tasks such as writing and managing fasteners for self-cares (dressing, eating, bathing). They may address deficits with strength, coordination, body awareness, and sensory systems in order to improve their independence.
- OT’s work with adolescents and adults to assist them with ergonomics in their home or workplace, adaptive techniques for completion of self-cares (eating, dressing, driving, cooking, homemaking) when their arms/hands are impaired, and neurological interventions aimed at improving fluidity and reducing effort for desired occupations.
- OT’s assist older adults who are having physical and cognitive changes so they can engage in the occupations that are meaningful to them as independently as possible.
What kind of education will an OT have?
To be a licensed occupational therapist, the OT must obtain a minimum of a Master’s degree of education. OT is an evidenced-based and science-driven profession that is focused on improving a patient’s independence in the occupations that are important to them.
Select Therapy’s Occupational Therapist is located at 14884 Kirkwood Drive Baxter, MN 56425. Please contact our Baxter office to schedule; (218) 824-5027.