Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. Occupational therapy aims to help each individual gain, regain, or maintain as much independence in their daily lives as possible using a variety of strategies.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school, self-care, play, and social situations; helping people recovering from injury to regain skills and independence; and providing supports for individuals experiencing physical, psychological, and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
- an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
- customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
- ongoing evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. Occupational therapists strive to ensure each individual is getting all of their needs met in every way possible. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.Who is eligible?
Anyone with a prescription for an Occupational Therapy evaluation or for treatment. If you would like more information on if these services would benefit you, call Christina at DEAP by dialing 406-234-6034.
How is a referral made?
Anyone with a need for Occupational Therapy can call DEAP at 406-234-6034 and speak to Christina.
Where are services provided?
DEAP provides services in the 17 counties of Eastern Montana: Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley and Wibaux.