Each year in April, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students in practice, education, research, and science host a month long celebration showcasing the importance of Occupational Therapy.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. It is occupational therapy’s purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors.
When working with an occupational therapy practitioner, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function, and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. Through these therapeutic approaches, occupational therapy helps individuals design their lives, develop needed skills, adjust their environments (e,g., home, school, or work) and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow them to thrive.
Thank you to all our Occupational Therapists: Lynn Coppage, Mary Echterling, Carol Havelka, Kathy Jaske-Gardner, Amy Ramsey, Paula Renard, and Elise Spronk. We also recognize our Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants: Vonn Gould, Ashley Hobbs, Joe Hudson, Michele Mihalovich, Deb Mueller, and Chris Williams.