Occupational Therapy Mike Marchionne Parents
The main focus of an occupational therapist is to rehab the patient so they are able to perform tasks that relate to their everyday life • One example of what an occupational therapist might do is to help children with disabilities fully function in school and social settings What does an Occupational Therapist do?
Some Common Problems OT’s Treat • Physical disabilities caused by a traumatic accident or debilitating illness • Decreased range of motion • Fine Motor Delays (Difficulty writing, buttoning a jacket, picking up small items) • Sensory Processing Disorders (Difficulties distinguish between smell, touch, taste, sound) • Everyday Tasks (difficulties with dressing, tooth brushing, eating) Thank You!
What should I expect on my first visit • Initial evaluation • Come up with a plan
ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLY TO YOUR APPOINTMENT • EXPECT TO BE THERE FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR • MAKE A LIST OF SOME CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVW • ASK QUESTIONS! • MOST IMPORTANTLY DON’T WORRY! It’s a friendly atmosphere! Helpful Tips
Help children with learning and school based activities • Become better students School Based Occupational Therapy
Observe student • Reduce barriers • Identify long term and short term goals Skills Used In School Setting
Occupational Therapist’s work with others to make and accomplish goals It’s A Collaboration!
Autism effects social behaviors and communication skills Occupational Therapy and Autism
Tips For Educators Tips For Educators
Daily Living • Dressing • Feeding • Safety • Play Goals of the Occupational Therapist
Therapy from birth to 5 years of age Early Intervention
Low Birth Weight • Autism • Parental Drug Exposure • Neero Muscular Disease Common Conditions
Arthritis • Low vision • Amputee • Memory loss Common Treatment Addressed
Make the home a safe haven • Reinforce skills already established • Educating family members Early Stages Of Memory Loss
Make home “fall safe” • Asses needs of wheelchairs and bed • Stretch Program Later Stages of Memory Loss
Take This Quiz! QUIZ Are You Interested In Becoming an Occupational Therapist?