“Occupational” refers to the occupation of a person’s life. This varies, depending on the stage of life the person is in. For instance, the occupation of a person who has suffered a stroke may be to increase the use of the affected side and to improve the ability to engage in various self-care skills. Occupational therapy may be seen in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, homes, geriatric facilities, and hand clinics, to name a few. From preemies to seniors, many people benefit from occupational therapy. Occupational therapy uses various activities, with the primary focus on increasing independence in whatever “occupation” the person is involved in at the time.
At Good Shepherd Center, occupational therapists work with children to help them in numerous ways. Some areas include fine motor, visual-motor, dressing, feeding, and sensory processing skills. For a child, his/her occupation is play. Many therapeutic activities are play-based, and the child does not even realize he/she is “working” to improve a specific area. By adapting toys or activities when needed, the child is able to be successful, increase his/her developmental growth, and improve his/her self-esteem. These are all very important aspects in the child’s “occupation” of life.
Occupational Therapy is also a key therapy for children within the Autistic Spectrum as these children need assistance in regulating their sensori-system. Through Occupational therapy these issues can be addressed.
More information is available by contacting Mary Schoenhofen at 708-335-0020 ext 12.