What is an Occupational Therapist?
Occupational therapists (OT) help people across the lifespan participate in activities they want and need to do through therapeutic use of everyday activities. They provide care in a variety of settings including hospitals, school systems, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, work settings and nursing homes. Here at Platte Valley Medical Center, our OT’s see clients as young as the premature infants in our special care unit through seniors in their 80’s and 90’s. Our services include both inpatient therapy and out-patient therapy. In out-patient occupational therapy, we provide hand therapy, therapy for developmental and neurological conditions, therapy for orthopedic / after-surgery conditions including but not limited to splinting and general strengthening and conditioning.
What is Their Education?
A master’s degree or higher in occupational therapy is the typical minimum requirement for entry into the field. In addition, occupational therapists must attend an academic program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in order to sit for the national certifying exam. OT’s must pass the national board exam in order to obtain licensure.
How Can an Occupational Therapist Help You?
An occupational therapy evaluation includes assessments to determine areas of need and deficits related to your injury or condition. You will work with your occupational therapist to regain skills associated with your injury / condition. Goals are developed in collaboration with other disciplines. Treatment may include exercises to promote motion, to improve strength, to improve functional skills for self care, leisure and work activities, to improve safety, to train in the use of adaptive equipment, for splinting, and training for home programming recommendations.