By Jolie Koesters | General

Katie Thompson, OT | Clinic Manager

When you are faced with barriers in your life due to disability, injury or illness, an occupational therapist is the person who will ask “What matters to you?” instead of “What’s the matter with you?”

In its simplest terms, occupational therapists (OTs) and certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) help people do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of occupations. [“Occupations” in this sense are the ordinary yet meaningful activities we perform everyday that add value to our lives and allow us to perform our daily routines and roles.]

What I love about occupational therapy

My profession is an evidence-based practice rooted in science. I love being able to incorporate the logic of science with the fun of creativity to help my patients achieve their goals. I love how occupational therapy looks at the person’s whole life to establish personal goals to work toward.

We evaluate what people struggle with and find ways to adapt the environment or task to fit the person.

How occupational therapy improves lives

I have seen occupational therapy improve lives in many ways. Older adults become more independent in their homes. People who have had upper extremity injuries are able to cook, use tools or drive again, Children with special needs learn to participate in life and family activities that many of us take for granted.

A gratifying experience

A recent gratifying experience involved helping a woman regain movement and sensation in her arm after radiation treatment for cancer. She began therapy with no active arm movement. She is now able to feed herself with that arm using some modifications. Every time she is able to move a different muscle group, we cry happy tears.

As OT professionals, my peers and I share a passion for helping people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them maintain health and live better with injury, illness, or disability. At RehabVisions, our patients are an integral part of the therapy team.

To schedule an appointment with Katie Thompson and the OT team at RehabVisions Kansas, call us at 785-742-2201 in Hiawatha or 785-933-2086 in Netawaka.

 

 

April 20, 2021