April is Occupational Therapy Month, so we invited a few occupational therapists -- including past members of our Hotspotting Learning Collaborative -- to tell us just what occupational therapists do and what that has to do with primary care. Here's what they had to say.By David Goldstein, Jillian Fader, and Sherry Muir, PhD, OTR/L
April is occupational therapy month, but what’s occupational therapy?
Many of you probably know that occupational therapy is a health care profession that focuses on rehabilitating individuals who have physical impairments and need to regain the ability to complete daily tasks and manage basic needs. Or perhaps, you also know that occupational therapists help children with disabilities in the school system gain the skills needed to participate in school and play.
This is all true, but occupational therapy has a much wider scope than most health care professionals realize.