April is Occupational Therapy Month

The profession is celebrating over 100 years of service

By Donna Bzdil, CMH Rehab Manager

As Occupational Therapists, we enter a client’s life at any point of the lifespan. When a trauma, injury, illness or developmental delay limit our ability occupational therapyto do the things we love and need to do, it can be devastating. However, Occupational Therapy can make a big impact and help you live a quality life.

Whether it is working with an individual to thrive at school, develop friendships, achieve success with academics, return to work, take care of family members and themselves, drive or engage in recreational and hobby activities, OT can make it happen.

Occupational Therapists have extensive knowledge of physical, cognitive and emotional skills, along with the occupational therapyanalysis of functional activities. No matter if it is a fracture-limiting hand function, decreased strength due to a stroke or arthritis, sensory issues minimizing ability to cope with school or make friends, anxiety limiting participation in daily activities, visual issues decreasing safety at home, chronic pain preventing your participation in hobbies or difficulty with memory to continue to cook, OT will provide services to improve those issues. Exploring the physical, emotional, social and cognitive limitations, OT can assist with healing, as well as modifying or adapting life skills.

Occupational Therapists empower their clients to understand how to make the impossible possible and live their lives to the fullest.