Occupational therapy (or “OT” for short) is the use of a variety of treatments to improve, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental, or developmental condition. At Teton Therapy, our occupational therapists are client-focused, meaning that they’ll work with you to set goals that are meaningful to you and then help you achieve them. We’ll do this by modifying daily tasks to make them easier for you to accomplish, adapting your environment to your needs, and teaching you new skills. We’ll also involve your family and other caretakers as part of your team, training them to help you thrive. Together, we’ll help you regain as much independence as possible, with a focus on the activities that are meaningful to you.
OT practitioners work with a wide spectrum of people, from infants to elderly adults. With pediatric populations, OTs often address growth and development, feeding, play, social skills, and education. OTs also focus on promoting functional skills for children with developmental disabilities, providing individualized treatment for sensory processing difficulties.
Occupational therapists also address the need for rehabilitation, disability, and participation after an accident, illness, or injury. We’ll focus on your physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and environmental needs so that you can continue to live a full and productive adult life.
Our occupational therapists can also work with older adults to help them maintain their independence, participate in meaningful activities, and live fulfilling lives. Some areas that our therapists have experience with include driving safely, continuing to live at home, functioning with low vision, and coping with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. They can also evaluate older adults’ functioning in their homes and recommend specific home modifications to make life safer and easier.
Occupational therapists may also work with clients who have had an injury and are trying to get back to work. Ours will employ a variety of therapy techniques, including simulated work tasks in order to determine your current skill level, requesting accommodations that can help you get back to work quickly and safely, and assessing your level of disability. We use work conditioning and hardening to restore performance skills needed on the job that may have changed due to an illness or injury. Our OTs can also prevent work-related injuries through ergonomics and on-site work evaluations.
Occupational therapy is about helping people do the day-to-day tasks that “occupy” their time, sustain themselves, and enable them to contribute to the wider community.
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