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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 support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.  “Seeing patients make progress with each therapy session and become more independent has been most rewarding for me,” explains Loren Reutenauer, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.   “I became an Occupational Therapist to help people return to what they love and what is important to them after a major event in their life occurs,” added Katie Licavoli, Occupational Therapist.

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.  “There is always something new and interesting in the field of occupational therapy,” says Reutenauer.

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. “What I enjoy most about being an OT is how excited I get and my patients get when they walk into the door with a big smile on their face and say, "I washed my hair all by myself today" or "I was able to tie my shoes today” explains Licavoli.  “I enjoy seeing the achievement and the enjoyment they get out of obtaining what seems to some such a small task."  

For more information on Occupational Therapy services, call 573-629-3330.
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