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Occupational therapy is well- deserving of recognition month

Apr 11, 2013 - Ginny Holcomb, Riverton

Editor:

April is National Occupational Therapy Month, and I would like to take this opportunity to talk about what has, for me, been an amazing career.

Occupational therapists assist people across their life span to live life to its fullest by helping promote health and prevent -- or live better with -- injury, illness or disability. Occupational therapists assist their clients to participate in the activities that they need or want to do (which we refer to as "occupations").

It is deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the treatment plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience and "best practices" that have been developed and proven over time.

By looking at the whole picture--a person's psychological, physical, emotional, social makeup, and their environment--occupational therapists can assist clients to achieve goals, function at the highest possible level, maintain or rebuild their independence and participate in daily activities that they need or want to do.

I have had the great fortune to be practicing in the field of occupational therapy for twelve years. In that time, I have met some of the most amazing people and have had the privilege to get up every morning and go to work to help people get back to their lives. In return, each of my clients has taught me something new and has improved me as a therapist and as a person as well!

OTs work in many settings, but the goal is always to improve a client's function and get them back to the activities that are most important to them. Thank you very much for allowing me to share a little about what I love to do.

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