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What is OT?

Compass Blog #018_By Maeve J

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What Is Occupational Therapy?

First, OT stands for Occupational Therapy. According to the American

Occupational Therapy Association, “Your life is made up of occupations-meaningful

everyday activities…We generally don’t think about our daily occupations until we have

trouble doing them.” When you have trouble doing your meaningful everyday activities,

which varies from person to person, this is where OT comes in to help.

A common misconception is that OT is geared towards helping you prepare for or

get a job, but, ”Occupational therapy is not about helping you find a job or workout for a

job, it is about helping you move forward successfully in the job known as life”

OT can be utilized at any age and stage of life but, perhaps surprisingly, nearly

one third of all OT patients are children. If a need arises when young, it best to address

it as early as possible to set them up for future success, helping them to be as

functional and independent as possible in all areas of daily life. This is the goal of

Compass Community Health’s Pediatric Occupational Therapy department!

Pediatric OT is geared towards helping children that have needs stemming from

a variety of diagnoses, such as Global Developmental Delays, Autism Spectrum

Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Motor Disorders, Attention Disorders, and

more! They address the child’s specific needs in engaging, enjoyable, and effective

ways, meeting goals through developing skills relevant to them and their lives. This

could range from developing their motor skills to their social-emotional skills,

communication skills, and/or sensory integration skills. This could also mean developing

their self-help skills such as eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, or sleeping, as well as

cognitive skills such as problem-solving, memory, and attention.

At times tied closely with OT is speech therapy. For children on the autism

spectrum, with speech or language disorders, or with other speech and communication

difficulties, speech therapy can go a long way in improving a child’s quality of life and

connect with the people and environment around them. Compass’ Pediatric speech

therapy is designed to improve; “speech, fluency, functional communication, language

use and understanding.” Learn more about Compass’ Pediatric Occupational


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