What Can Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists Do for You?
Updated: Nov 5, 2020
A Primer on Common Types of Therapy
If you’ve made it this far in life without needing a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, or a speech therapist, you have lived unscathed. These common types of therapies help people recover from a sports injury, learn to live with a disability and overcome an impediment to communicating effectively. You may be missing out: read on to learn what a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and a speech therapist can do for you.
What Can a Physical Therapist Do for You?
Movement experts who improve your quality of life, physical therapists provide hands-on care, prescribe exercise, and educate their patients. Whether you have an injury, a disability, or other health condition, physical therapists can diagnose and treat you, no matter your age. In addition to treating conditions, physical therapists can help individuals become healthier, as well as help prevent future problems.
When you enter physical therapy, your physical therapist (PT) examines you and then develops a treatment plan to help you improve your ability to move, reduce or manage pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Profoundly affecting people’s lives, PTs can help individuals regain or maintain their independence, achieve fitness goals, and lead active lives.
What Can a Occupational Therapist Do for You?
Serving people across their lifespans, occupational therapists help people do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Enabling people of all ages to live life to its fullest, occupational therapists help people of all ages by promoting health and preventing injury, illness, or disability – or help them live better under such circumstances.
From helping children with disabilities fully participate in school and social situations to helping people recover from injury to regain skills to providing support to older adults who are experiencing physical and cognitive changes, occupational therapists intervene in a variety of situations. With a holistic perspective, occupational therapists focus on adapting the environment and the task to the person. An evidenced-based practice deeply rooted in science, occupational therapy includes the person receiving the therapy as an integral part of the therapy team.
When starting occupational therapy, you and, if necessary, your family will meet with your occupational therapist who will provide an individualized evaluation to determine your goals. Your occupational therapist will provide customized intervention to improve your ability to perform daily activities and reach your goals. You will then meet with your occupational therapist for an outcomes evaluation to ensure that you’re meeting your goals – or to make changes to your intervention plan.
What Can a Speech Therapist Do for You?
Experts in communication, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) treat many types of communication and swallowing issues in people of all ages, from babies to adults. Whether you are experiencing problems with articulation or with easily talking too loudly or with stuttering, or you’re having trouble reading, spelling, and writing, speech therapy can help you.
SLPs can help with speech sounds, which is how we say sounds and put sounds together into words. They can help with language, or how we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell people what we are thinking. SLPs also help with literacy, how well we read and write. They help with social communication, how well we follow rules or how to talk to different people or how close to stand to someone when talking. SLPs can help with voice, how our voices sound, with fluency, how well speech flows, with cognitive-communication, how well our minds work, and feeding and swallowing.
Therapy OPS offers a one-of-a-kind experience where patients receive care with a supportive team. By providing flexible scheduling options, small therapist-to-client ratios, and skilled staff, we are able to tailor our programs to a child’s unique needs while providing the frequency, oversight, and quality care our clients deserve and expect. Our ultimate goal for the children we serve, upon leaving Therapy OPS, is for them to be successful in all areas physically, intellectually and socially.
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