April is National Occupational Therapy Month, a time to Celebrate Living Life to Its Fullest! Occupational Therapy is a client-based practice that focuses on making progress towards the client's goals, usually developing, recovering, or maintaining those skills necessary for living and working.
Clients typically have some sort of mental, physical, or developmental condition that makes it more difficult for them to function without the interventions of an experienced OT. These conditions may have existed since birth or early childhood, or they could be the result of some injury later in life. OT interventions are assistance in adapting the environment, task modification, client/family education, and teaching new skills.
If you are an Occupational Therapist, you know that there is nothing more rewarding than helping someone to become more independent, but you also know that most people don't really have a clue about what you really do.
The American Occupational Therapy Association has some suggestions (along with a catchy new slogan) to help people understand how you help people to become more happy and self-sufficient. Here are three of the simplest ways:
- Be social. Tell people about what you do on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social media you might use. DO be mindful of client confidentiality.
- Speak with local service organizations. If you are comfortable speaking in front of a group, you can volunteer to give a presentation to your local civic organizations, like Kiwanis or the Rotary Club or a church group.
- Volunteer. Volunteer work for local aid organizations is a great way to inform people about what you do, while providing a benefit to the community as a whole.
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