What is OT?

So I was talking with my cousin and excitedly telling her about this new blog I was planning to write called OT Mom. Her first question was, what is OT?

Whoops. I guess not everybody knows what OT stands for, much less knows what it means.

OT is Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is such a broad profession that sometimes it becomes a little bit hard to quickly define. There is an official definition, but basically, an occupational therapist uses therapeutic activities to help people master their occupations.  The first thing you might think of when you hear the word occupation is work. And whatever you do for work is definitely an occupation, but an occupation is also anything meaningful that occupies your time. This includes things like eating, dressing, taking care of yourself, driving, and even sleeping!

For kids, occupations include playing, going to school, dressing, doing homework, and the like. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I help kids with special needs become successful at these occupations, and I work with their parents in providing support and activities at home.

Playing with blocks

I have been working as an OT for 10 years. Even after all this time, I’m still passionate about what I do for a living. I’ve also launched OT Mom’s sister blog called Pediatric OT Info. I’m making it into a resource for pediatric occupational therapy, but you’re more than welcome to come take a look if you’d like.

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