What is Occupational Therapy? 

Occupational therapy assists infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults to develop the necessary skills through everyday life activities (referred to as occupations) in order to enable participation in their roles, habits, routines, school, community, and workplace. Also, occupational therapists promote independence in their main occupations of daily living including activities of daily living (e.g., getting dressed, eating, bathing, toileting, transferring), instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., care of others, care of pets, financial management, etc), play, leisure, sleep, education, social participation, and work. 

Some of the areas that occupational therapy specializes in are:  

  • Fine Motor/Bilateral Coordination Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL)/Self Care Skills
  • Executive Function/Attention Skills
  • Social/Pragmatic Skills
  • Handwriting Skills
  • Visual Motor/Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Sensory Integration/Motor Planning
  • Self Regulation Skills
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Play Skills

 
Some of the benefits of occupational therapy include:

  • Improvement in fine motor skills
  • Improvement in feeding, dressing, and hygiene skills
  • Improvement in visual motor/ perceptual skills
  • Regulation of arousal levels for participation in functional activities
  • Increased socialization, organizational skills, and self confidence
  • Development of a sensory diet
  • Improvement in sensory processing

(Source: NBCOT and AOTA)

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What do Occupational Therapists do?

An occupational therapist (OT) is a highly trained medical professional who evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty participating in meaningful activities (or “occupations”) relevant to their daily lives. 

Although many people often think of “occupation” as work or a job, occupation can mean any activity a person engages in. This can include self-care, play and leisure activities, and work. For a child, “work” often involves playing, learning, and going to school. 

Children make up a large part of the population receiving OT services. Treatment often focuses on improving a child’s development in the areas of fine motor skills (e.g., stringing beads, cutting with scissors, buttoning buttons), gross motor skills, play skills, social skills, and self-care skills (e.g., dressing, bathing, grooming, and feeding). Based on the results of an evaluation, the occupational therapist designs a treatment plan based on each child’s and family’s individual needs. Generally, occupational therapists provide treatment to clients who have been diagnosed with a specific medical condition by a physician. 

(Source: NBCOT and AOTA)

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How do we become exceptional Occupational Therapists?

Occupational therapists, as defined by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), are professionals who receive the Registered Occupational Therapist OTR certification, which requires Level I Fieldwork, Level II Fieldwork, and requires a master’s or doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from an ACOTE®-accredited occupational therapy (OT) program. NBCOT OTRs must also pass a national board examination as described in the NBCOT certification standards. After certification, demonstration of continued professional development courses are mandated for the maintenance of the OTR certification and state licensure. OTRs hold other required credentials including state licensure issued by the Florida Department of Health Board of Occupational Therapy. 

Additionally, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) is an Associated Advisory Council of the Executive Board of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA®). ACOTE® is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACOTE is also an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). ACOTE currently accredits occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs in the United States. OTRs have the option of becoming members with AOTA.

At Exceptional Speech Therapy, all of our OTRs meet or exceed the requirements to practice occupational therapy in the state of Florida.

(Source: NBCOT and AOTA)

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Who can Occupational Therapists work with?

Children that may benefit from occupational therapy have may or may not have the following diagnoses that would include, but are not limited to:

  • Handwriting difficulties
  • Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Fine motor delays
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Hypotonia
  • Brachial Plexus injury
  • Coordination difficulties
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Limited independence with self care skills
  • Genetic disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Developmental delay

(Source: NBCOT and AOTA)

For more information on how to get started at Exceptional Speech Therapy, please contact us at (786) 717-5649.


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