WHAT THE HECK IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Goal setting is one of my favorite parts of being an OT. After a full evaluation of a child, not missing one aspect of their whole being, we get to work in close collaboration with the child, parents, teachers, and other providers, to create awesome goals for them – both short and long term. It begins to pave the way to greater success, independence, and fulfillment. To me, it is the beginning of the opening-up process, and is lit by motivation, play, and connecton to guide the way.
These goals are individualized to the client; decided by the client which is the most important part because the philosophy of Occupational Therapy is helping people reach their fullest potential. and to do that, you have to get at what’s meaningful to THEM! They make the priorities, they set the goals. They figure out what areas they need help with, what areas from which they gain meaning — we as OTs get to break it down and figure out how to get there. SO FUN