Working With Children
In today’s media-saturated society, there are more distractions than ever. It’s no surprise that many children report having difficulty focusing in the classroom. For children with attention-deficit disorder (ADD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the challenge can be overwhelming. Discrete, manageable goals can be the bricks of structured learning for children who might otherwise be discouraged by the broad, vague notion of “getting an education.” In another setting, children with special needs may have difficulty with sensory perception or limited motor skills. Again, occupational therapy gives kids a chance to focus on the small motions that are critical to self-care and meaningful social activity.
At the Office
Occupational therapy has a prominent place in the boardrooms and office suites of the world, helping to maximize performance, reduce the physical impacts of workspaces, and improve employee wellness. A professional can help C-level executives and other people in high-stress positions strike that elusive work/life balance by developing exercise regimens, helping to cultivate hobbies, or providing instruction on meditation. Office-wide, a therapist might assist in making a workplace more ergonomic, or develop team-building exercises that encourage communal interaction and skill development.
In the Hospital and Beyond
Another common realm where this practice can be beneficial is aiding people who have suffered limited mobility as a result of accident or illness. While a physical therapist might focus on building up a client’s own intrinsic strength to re-achieve abilities that were lost, an occupational therapist will also look to remove extrinsic impediments. This may mean re-imagining the built or natural environment around patients so they may interact more freely with the world. It might also mean introducing ailing individuals to technology that could improve their tactile function or prevent certain injuries.