Occupational therapy is an allied health profession that specializes in helping people with daily life skills, work, or recreational activities. In other words, occupational therapists help people with disabilities to live a meaningful life and perform everyday duties to the best of their abilities. They make lives easier and children with special needs more independent.
Occupational therapy is crucial treatment for people with disabilities like autism, Down syndrome, or ADHD. But the truth is that many people don't receive the services they need. Sometimes this can be due to living in rural areas or having a hectic home schedule.
Whatever the reason may be, occupational therapy on-the-go has opened doors of opportunity to those who didn't have the option before.
Occupational therapist Amy Higgs started an occupational therapy bus that provides services to special needs children wherever they are. Having a son that was diagnosed with autism at an early age taught Amy how important these kinds of therapies were. When she learned there were children in rural areas with limited resources, she decided to start the occupational therapy bus.
The OT bus is fully equipped with a sensory gym used to help the kids perform exercises like swinging and balancing on a therapy ball. These types of activities help with a child's balance, coordination, and motor skills. The group sessions also help with socialization skills.
So it comes as no surprise that the OT bus has become a big hit. It brings occupational therapy to those unable to travel to receive services or people who are too busy to drive to an OT center. The bus has changed a lot of parents' lives, teaching their children to be more independent or even just giving them the ability to settle down and sleep better at night.
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