Occupational Therapy Services
At different times of our lives, we seek to find purpose and balance. Occupational therapists assist individuals in gaining life skills through the use of various activities. From knitting a hat to making a kumihimo bracelet, these skills help individuals engage in a repetitive self meditative activity when experiencing overwhelming feelings. Symbolic windchimes or the creation of a treasure box can assist participants in identifying what is meaningful and not in their lives. Each activity has underlying purposes that assist the individuals in finding purpose in their lives.
Gaining life skills is imperative during the development of youth to learn social skills and self/ sensory regulating techniques to manage classroom behaviors. It is important during adolescence when additional skills are needed for executive functions and to utilize underlying psychosocial skills to manage daily interactions with others. These skills and the ability to adapt, adjust, and be mentally flexible are vital to being able to grow and develop meaningful relationships with family, coworkers, and society at whole.
At different times in one’s life, individuals seek to repurpose their lives. This may be due to life changing events from an accident, an illness, or managing their loved one’s illness or a change in their life’s focus. They may identify behavioral and life style patterns which are no longer valid or productive and seek to find new tools and pathways. In times of exploration and repurposing one’s life, an occupational therapist can assist with identifying new productive roles and provide incremental stepping stones and tools through collaborative exploration on what is meaningful to the person.