UM-Flint Class of 2022 OTD Students - Lobby Day
Occupational therapists are medical professionals with extensive training in skilled physical, cognitive and psycho-social interventions to promote appropriate human development. OT practitioners are distinctly qualified to apply evidence-based strategies to address age-appropriate life skills, self-regulation and sensory needs, social engagement and play, and motor development. Our clients are an integral part of the therapeutic process and we use evidenced-based treatments to adapt tasks, modify environments, and improve functional skills to support our clients’ daily occupations. Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them to participate in the daily activities that they want and need to do. Occupational therapists address a wide range of issues, from a child with Autism learning self-care activities, helping people relearn how to bathe or drive after an unexpected injury, or training older adults on the use of adaptive equipment and home modifications to support safety and independence in the home.
MiOTA strongly supports including occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in House 4108. Including these practitioners in House Bill 4108 as mandated reporters will help Michigan increase its level of support and protections for the youngest and most vulnerable Michigan residents.
For over 70 years, occupational therapy practitioners have been transforming early intervention and community health care treatment for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). MiOTA supports the use of occupational therapy interventions to treatment for individuals with ASD.
With upcoming reforms to Auto No-Fault insurance, MiOTA wants to ensure that Michigan citizens who have sustained injuries due to an automobile accident receive rehabilitation including occupational therapy services at the right time, in the right amount, and for the right duration to address the client’s needs.