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Occupational Therapy

What is occupational therapy?

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children/individuals with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills and providing adaptive techniques 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 services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. 

Learn more about the field of Occupational Therapy. 

At Siskin Hospital, the goal of Occupational Therapy is to successfully return patients to an active, independent lifestyle.

Part of Occupational Therapy will include patients working each day with therapy staff to restore their ability to carry out activities of daily living like eating, bathing, dressing, returning to work and driving, as well as independent living skills, such as homemaking and money management.

Learn more about Occupational Therapy staff at Siskin Hospital.

For more information about Occupational Therapy at Siskin Hospital, please call 423.634.1200 or email