Nov. 8, 2019, 4:42 a.m.

Occupational Therapy is an Evidence-Based Practice

Occupational Therapy is a science driven practice which like any other, gives measurable outcomes. The significance of a practice like this is that it ensures effective treatment techniques. 

In pediatrics, play-based activities/play therapy allows children to develop skills such as turn taking, sharing or even basics like counting. Play therapy refers to playing with purpose as it is otherwise called is basically a structured game or activity. These games have to be led by a therapist or the parent. Games played along with families help support and encourage togetherness, strengthening and positive behavior (how to cope with losing a game, turn taking, compliance, etc.) 

Skills like coordination, problem solving, visual perception and coordination develop simultaneously while stimulating natural curiosity in an early intervention program in occupational therapy.  

Research papers (systematic reviews) from AOTA’s Evidence-Based Practice Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines, shows evidence that the occupational therapy interventions improve a client’s outcomes. These interventions are a part of a larger approach which considers the following:

  • Performance Skills (process, motor, social interaction)
  • Activity Demands 
  • Performance patterns (routines, habits, roles, rituals) 
  • Contexts 
  • Environment