Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy in Colorado

A core value of occupational therapy is providing family-centered care and service. The needs, desires, and values of the person and family drive the direction of OT assessments and intervention. The focus of occupational therapy intervention directly reflects the person’s and/or family’s priorities.

The educational background of occupational therapists includes extensive course work in anatomy, neurology and psychology. Their education also includes course work in activity analysis. This enables the therapist to analyze the components of a play or work activity with which a person might be struggling and choose tasks for sessions that will improve the person’s skills most effectively – while still being fun of course!

Occupational Therapists:

  • Help a person learn to follow 2 or 3- step instructions.
  • Help a person develop the ability to dress independently.
  • Improve a person’s independence in ADLs such as dressing, bathing, transfers, and hygiene.
  • Improve a person gross motor and fine motor coordination to enable object manipulation.
  • Help a person learn to cope with disappointment or failure.
  • Reduce extraneous environmental noise for a person who is easily distracted to focus attention. 
  • Help a person develop the ability to use tools and materials in both traditional and creative manners.
  • Improve a person’s safety through increased balance and gross and fine motor skills.

Developmental Needs

Helping People to Thrive and Grow. The primary occupations of people are to enjoy their gross and fine motor functions and interactive well with caregivers. Occupational therapists evaluate and treat a person’s development and provide intervention to improve skills and/or modify environments when concerns arise about a person’s functional performance.