What is Occupational Therapy?

OT Month

"Does an Occupational Therapist help you get a job?" The answer is "no". With April being OT Month, this is a good opportunity to share what an Occupational Therapist does!

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,

  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and

  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.

Our current staff at Geary Rehab and Fitness Center consists of Occupational Therapists Jennifer Johnson and Rebekah Lee and Occupational Therapy Assistants Curtis Hailey and Tim Johnson.

Jennifer Johnson, OTR/L
Director of Occupational Therapy
Geary Rehab & Fitness Center