Happy World OT Day! HUG Your Occupational Therapist ❤️

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In celebration of Occupational Therapy Week, show some love and care to your Occupational Therapist. 

Occupational Therapy is more than a job, for many, it is a calling!

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Everyone has an occupation, or job, to do. A kid's occupation is to grow, learn, do schoolwork, and play. Occupational therapy (OT) helps kids who have a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. It helps them do everyday things like eating, putting on shoes and socks, focusing on learning, writing, and playing with toys or other kids.

Occupational therapists create activities that help kids find ways to do things that are hard for them because of an illness or disability.

For example, an OT can help kids with cerebral palsy who may need to use a wheelchair or other equipment so they can go to school.

Occupational therapists also may help children with autism learn how to interact with others. They also might help kids with sensory processing disorders find ways to interact with their environment in a more comfortable and appropriate way.

An occupational therapist also offers aids and equipment like slings or splints to support different parts of the body. They can help you find devices that make it easier to do things like opening a jar, putting your shoes on, or taking a bath or shower.

What Does the Occupational Therapist Do?

If you have OT, the therapist will check how well you can do some kinds of activities compared with other kids your age. The therapist might ask you to write the alphabet, draw some shapes, play some games, tie your shoes, or squeeze a special grip meter to measure how strong you are!

Some occupational therapists will come to your home to see how you handle routine tasks like combing your hair or brushing your teeth. Others will meet you at a hospital or clinic or sometimes even in your school.

Read more: kidshealth.org

Here are some gift ideas to get your favorite OT through those long work days:

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  • Chenne Daig