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  • Writer's pictureDuc Nguyen Huu

Parents ask: Are there any outdoor activities that OT should do with clients?

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

Occupational therapists can do many outdoor activities with their clients to help them achieve their goals and improve their physical and mental well-being. We believe in joining action is better than just talking. Let's dig into some examples of outdoor activities that occupational therapists might use in therapy include:

  1. Gardening: Gardening can help clients improve their fine motor skills, strength, and endurance. It can also provide a sense of accomplishment and can be a relaxing and enjoyable activity. No one says no to a cup of lemon juice after a hard-working session.

  2. Hiking: Hiking can help clients improve their balance, coordination, and endurance. It can also provide an opportunity for socialization and can be a good way to relieve stress. We often hike for 30 minutes to an hour.

  3. Swimming: Swimming can be an excellent form of exercise for clients with physical disabilities or injuries, as it can help improve their strength and flexibility without putting too much strain on their joints. Check John's story, he is paddling.

  4. Biking: Biking can help clients improve their balance, coordination, and endurance, and can also be a fun and enjoyable activity.

  5. Rock climbing: Rock climbing can help clients improve their balance, coordination, and upper body strength. It can also be a fun and challenging activity.

A patient's choice of outdoor activities should be based on their personal needs and abilities. Occupational therapists will consider what is suitable for the client's abilities and goals, and provide the necessary support and accommodations to ensure their success and safety. We note that it is important that the specific activities chosen will vary from person to person.

OT coaches help people of all ages participate in the activities of daily life. We work with clients to develop, recover, or maintain the skills needed for daily living and working. We try to help people with a variety of needs, including physical disabilities or injuries, mental health conditions, developmental delays or disabilities, aging-related challenges, and chronic health conditions.

OT coaches use a variety of techniques to help you and your children to achieve their goals. These may include exercise, therapy with specialized equipment, and education about how to adapt tasks and environments to meet their needs. So please feel free to reach out, we might be able to provide some help.

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