Occupational Therapy Month!

Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month

By Danielle McClelland Shrimpton, COTA/L, Rehab on the Run

The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework describes Occupational Therapy (AOTA, 2014b) as the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals or groups for the purpose of enhancing or enabling participation in roles, habits, and routines in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings. Occupational Therapy (OT) practitioners use their knowledge of the transactional relationship among the person, his or her engagement in valuable occupations, and the context to design occupation-based intervention plans that facilitate change or growth in client factors (body functions, body structures, values, beliefs, and spirituality) and skills (motor, process, and social interaction) needed for successful participation. Occupational Therapy practitioners are concerned with the end result of participation and thus enable engagement through adaptations and modifications to the environment or to objects within the environment when needed. Occupational Therapy services are provided for habilitation, rehabilitation, and promotion of health and wellness for clients with disability and non–disability-related needs. These services include acquisition and preservation of occupational identity for those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction. (p. S1)

The staff at Rehab on the Run is equipped with licensed and professional Occupational Therapy practitioners.  Their experience can help you improve your lifestyle, your way and without boundaries.  A few of our OTs  share what they enjoy about their field and what value they feel it provides for others:

“I’ve been an OT since 2001, graduated from Xavier.  My dad is a mechanical Mr. Fix-it and I wanted to be the same, but for people. I love getting to know what drives people and working at their level to advance their skills farther than even they thought possible.” – Nicole Martin, OT

“I first heard about Occupational Therapy from my sister-in-law who is an OT. I was very fascinated with it all, that I changed my major. I have been a COTA for two and a half years, and absolutely love it! I love the way Occupational Therapy treats the whole person and how it involve everything one does everyday. I love observing the simplest to the biggest changes my patients make as we work together in order to reach their goals. It’s such a feeling of fulfillment to see a patient progress enough to dress, feed, sit up, stand, transfer, understand what is going on, make a meal, roll in bed, go home, and of course the relationship that is formed as I get to know each person and treat them as individuals and not just their diagnosis. The best of them all is seeing the joy and satisfaction they feel as they accomplish each milestone.” – Nichola Walker, COTA

“I have been an OT for 12 years. I feel very blessed to have a profession that I do love. It’s so much fun to work with such great team members. As OTs, we are privileged to have the opportunity to positively impact someone’s quality of life. I also enjoy the fact that there is always something new to learn or see, but that it can be routine at times too which creates a nice balance.” – Sara Strain, OT

“I have been working in Occupational Therapy for four years and love exploring what people’s unique routines, passions, habits, joys are and finding a way to let them engage in and be that during a time when they aren’t or can’t be.” – Danielle McClelland Shrimpton, COTA

Contact Rehab on the Run today to find out more about the Occupational Services available.

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