World Occupational Therapy Day
World Occupational Therapy Day is held annually on October 27. Started by the the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, this day is an opportunity to promote and celebrate therapists around the world. It is also a chance to increase awareness about the services that OTs provide to both children and adults.
As both a teacher and an aunt, I have witnessed first hand the amazing benefits of occupational therapy for children with special needs. I have attended workshops, read numerous evaluation reports, implemented accommodations in my classrooms, and assisted OTs during therapy sessions. For most people, though, the world of occupational therapy is a mystery.
In general, OTs assist people of all ages to improve their ability to perform everyday tasks needed for living, learning, and working. They may work with people who have permanent disabilities such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, with people who have been injured or suffer from chronic pain, and with the elderly. They also work with individuals who have mental, physical, developmental, and emotional disorders.
Occupational therapists help their clients with a range of skills: fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, listening and following directions, social skills, self-care skills such as dressing and cleaning, time management, and sensory integration – to name just a few. Some OTs are also trained to implement cognitive behavioral therapy. You’ll find OTs working at hospitals, schools, and private clinics.
The benefits of occupational therapy to my nephew, Michael, have been tremendous! I know that the skills he is learning will be life-changing for him.
Occupational therapy can be expensive, especially if the services are not covered by medical insurance or provided by the school district. It is for this reason that I, and my little publishing house NimNam Books, will be dedicating all of the proceeds from sales of our Kindle books from now until the end of the month to fund the costs of my nephew’s occupational therapy.
Watch these videos if you’re interested in learning more about occupational therapy:
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