Jessica K. Lynn Hatfield, MS, OTR/L, CKTP
Musician and Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is the art and science of promoting health and independence by enabling people to perform meaningful and purposeful lives.

Occupational Therapy as described by AOTA

In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals,
  • andan outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

 

AOTA staff and volunteer leaders help to support the professional community through monitoring, responding to, and influencing health care, education, and community-related systems, and the way that occupational therapy is integrated into the delivery of services within those systems.

 

KOTA, or the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association, is the professional association of occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and students of occupational therapy in the Commonwealth. Membership is voluntary and represents the voices of over 400 members.Members lead and guide the KOTA to support the ever-evolving practice of occupational therapy in medical, educational and community settings. The purpose of the organization, as described in its bylaws, is to serve the interests of its members, promote access to occupational therapy services and represent the profession to the public.