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The OT also works as a hand therapist. “Someone could be unable to dress, feed themselves or not have driving mobility and would get an evaluation,” said Skubik-Peplaski. Sometimes people have coordination issues. All of these things can be improved with a little extra assistance.


Treatment plans are individualized. “We find out what people like to do and can still do and then come up with goals to work on,” said Skubik- Peplaski. “Or we make suggestions so the client sees they have capabilities and we work from there.”


While it does not receive the recognition it deserves, occupational therapy has been around for 100 years. “We first started after World War I rehabbing soldiers who were coming back and using vocation or occupations as a way to rehabilitate them,” Skubik-Peplaski said. The field has grown immensely since that time. “An occupational science groups studies the science of occupational therapy, which helps inform the OT to make sure what we are doing in therapy is evidence based,” Skubik-Peplaski said. “There is always new evidence coming out that can make us more effective and efficient with clients and there are [many] new techniques.”

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS PROVIDE HOPE

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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OTs enjoy helping people become independent and able to take care of themselves. There are some misconceptions about the career. “Often people ask if my job is depressing because they think it is sad to work with someone who is not able to do something,” Skubik-Peplaski said. “It is so exciting when people learn a new skill and can do something for themselves. It is so powerful, and you always want to give your clients hope.”


If you or someone you know can benefit from occupational therapy, reach out. “You should come to an OT any time you are frustrated with being able to take care of yourself and want to do more,” said Skubik- Peplaski.

While most people have heard of occupational therapy, they may not know what occupational therapists (OTs) really do.


“Occupational therapists work to help people be more independent in whatever occupation they have,” said OT Camille Skubik-Peplaski. The task could be anything from writing a check or their name to riding a bike. The setting is equally broad and can be a neonatal intensive care unit or a physical disability or mental health facility.


Occupational therapy is all about the client and what matters most to them. “If they like to fish or want to exercise, that is what we do [in therapy],” Skubik-Peplaski said. “Sometimes individuals have never learned a skill or they had a skill and lost it from a brain or spinal cord injury or a car accident. We teach them again how to take care of themselves.”


Everyone makes progress at their own pace. “Sometimes we see people for a couple weeks, sometimes longer,” Skubik-Peplaski said. “Sometimes we see them the next year when they need to get new developmental skills.”


Some people take longer to recover than others. “If an individual had a developmental delay, it may take a while to catch up, but others just need an extra set of guidance with the therapist [teaching] them how to do something,” said Skubik-Peplaski.