The goal of occupational therapy is to assist patients in developing the skills they need to function in everyday life. This important service helps children and adults live independent lives, removing barriers to work, play, and learning. During the month of April, these amazing practitioners and services are celebrated with National Occupational Therapy Month.
Occupational therapy is unique among professions, because each therapist is given the task of evaluating the individual patient and their personal and family's goals, then developing a plan to meet those goals.
The service is entirely patient-centered, looking only to help each person live their life as independently as possible.
Occupational therapists use a variety of techniques and creative solutions to make activities accessible to those with disabilities or injuries that are preventing them from enjoying everyday activities.
During the month of April, occupational therapists, students, and the medical community are encouraged to share their experiences and highlight the importance of occupational therapy and how they can help patients and families. The American Occupational Therapy Association provides these great idea for how to get involved.
The highlight of the month is the national conference and expo, bringing together occupational therapists and students from around the nation to take part in educational opportunities, networking events, lectures, and award presentations. Here therapists can learn about the newest innovations, share their experiences, and connect with other professionals who share the same goal of helping patients live life to the fullest. The 2015 Conference will be held in Nashville, TN, from April 16-19.
As the snow melts and spring takes hold across the nation, therapists are continuing their task of helping patients of all ages reach their goals. If you're looking for more information on an OT career or finding a new practitioner, please contact us.
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