April: Occupational Therapy Month
April is OT month!
Many people don’t know exactly what occupational therapists do, but let me tell you, they are seriously underutilized!
WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Occupational therapists use their skill set to help individuals (of all ages) with certain deficits, in order to improve and maintain a good quality of life. Occupational therapists assist with underlying sensory problems, fine and gross motor deficits, hand-eye coordination, oral motor skills, strength, performing, daily self-care, social skills and so much more!
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND PHYSICAL THERAPY?
The treatments provided by physical therapists and occupational therapists may overlap, but there are distinct differences between the two. Physical therapy helps improve a person’s ability to move, while occupational therapy helps a person better their skills used for normal day-to-day activity (i.e. holding a toothbrush, getting dressed, etc.).
DOES MY CHILD NEED OT?
In pediatrics, the goal is for children to improve and become independent in activities of daily living. If your child is not meeting developmental milestones, including fine and gross motor skills, chat with your child’s healthcare provider.
Has your child needed to see OT in the past?