Occupational Therapy Helps Individuals Live Life to Its Fullest

Brookhaven, MS – Occupational therapy enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience, and "best practices" that have been developed and proven over time.

Megan Durr, Occupational Therapist at King's Daughters Therapy Center said "Being an Occupational Therapist is the most fulfilling job. We get the joy of helping people become more independent in what occupies their time. Occupational Therapy makes EVERYDAY Independence Day for the child that learns to tie their shoes for the first time; for the recovering stroke victim; for the athlete returning to their sport; for the patient that returns to their job following an injury; and many others who gain independence through Occupational Therapy."

Lori Bridges, Occupational Therapist with King's Daughters Therapy Center said "To me, being an occupational therapist means doing what I love and actually getting paid for it: spending time with people, getting to know them, and helping them be able to do the things they enjoy."

Ashley Choudoir, Occupational Therapist with King's Daughters Therapy Center said "Being an occupational therapist means I am able to do something I love on a daily basis, whether I am helping a child learn new skills needed for progression of milestones or assisting an adult with relearning lost skills."

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on "doing" whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. It is occupational therapy's purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors.

When working with an occupational therapy practitioner, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function, and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. Through these therapeutic approaches, occupational therapy helps individuals design their lives, develop needed skills, adjust their environments (e,g., home, school, or work) and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow them to thrive.

By taking the full picture into account—a person's psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup as well as their environment—occupational therapy assists clients to do the following:

  • Achieve goals
  • Function at the highest possible level
  • Concentrate on what matters most to them
  • Maintain or rebuild their independence
  • Participate in daily activities that they need or want to do.

One of the largest therapy and rehabilitation clinics in the state, KDMC Therapy Center provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and sports therapy services to meet the special needs of adults, athletes, and children. Staffed by an expert team of physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, certified athletic trainers, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists, our goal is to facilitate recovery from injury, surgery, stroke, or congenital conditions and help patients achieve their highest quality of functional activity, independence, and productivity. Our facility includes a large pediatric therapy suite, five private therapy treatment rooms, an Activities of Daily Living training kitchen, a warm indoor therapy pool, a spacious gym, a sports track, and a hand therapy area. We have the resources, experience, and compassion to make your therapy as successful as possible.

Celebrating 100 Years the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) represents the interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditations and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA's major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential. For more information, go to www.aota.org.

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King's Daughters Medical Center

601.833.6011  |  427 Highway 51 North, Brookhaven, MS 39601

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