• Occupational therapists help people of all ages do things they want and need to do by using daily activities (occupations). Occupations are a part of everyone’s daily life! Brushing your teeth, combing your hair, going to school, riding a bike, and eating breakfast are all occupations!
  • Occupational therapists support those recovering from an injury or illness, such as a person who is limited to a wheelchair and needs help getting dressed, bathing, and going outside. OTs help them find creative ways to live life to the fullest!
  • OTs can assist a person with a learning disability, a forgetful memory, and someone who is blind or visually impaired. OTs will help someone who cannot see well by re-positioning items in their homes and educating them on how to be safe in their familiar environments (like removing rugs and furniture).
  • An OT’s goal is to help patients maintain good health and wellness by participating in fun activities and being INDEPENDENT!
  • An OT can help you learn to play and have fun even with an injury or disease!
  • All sorts of kids can see an occupational therapist; anyone that has difficulty with everyday tasks like coloring in the lines, sitting still in class, paying attention, or tying their shoes.

Tara McVicker
Gannon University
Master of Occupational Therapy Junior