What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists use self-care and activities to enhance development or increase independence. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with special needs participate in school and social environments, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills they had before the injury, and providing supports for older adults who may be experiencing physical or cognitive changes.
OTs Working with Children
Occupational therapy is not only for adults. Kids, after all, do not have occupations! A child’s role in life is to play and interact with other children. Our Occupational Therapists evaluate a child’s current skills for playing, school performance, and everyday activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group. They help children perform daily activities which may be challenging by addressing sensory, social, behavioral, motor, and environmental issues. Childrens’ self-esteem and sense of accomplishment is enhanced when daily activities that were challenged are now much easier. Occupational therapy provides children with the tools to grow!
Difference Between OT and PT
An Occupational Therapist treats the whole person. Whether they’re recovering from injuries or have developmental or cognitive disabilities affecting their motor skills, emotions or behavior, OTs are helping people to fully engage in daily life. A physical therapist treats the patient’s actual impairment from a biomechanical perspective by increasing mobility, aligning bones and joints, or lessening pain. Both educate and assist people about daily routine activities and play important roles but specialize in their areas of expertise.
The Delaware Speech and Hearing Center continues to deliver dynamic, evidence-based treatment to children and adults who live with communication disorders. We began offering Occupational Therapy in the Fall of 2016 and continue to expand the program. Through detailed evaluations and research-based therapies, our Occupational Therapists strive to address developmental issues so that the children of Delaware County and surrounding areas achieve their greatest potential. Contact us today for high quality, personalized Occupational Therapy services.