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What is Occupational Therapy (O.T.)?

Occupational Therapy focuses on enabling people to live satisfying and meaningful lives by helping them participate in the occupations they want to do, need to do and are expected to do.

The term occupation refers to activities of everyday life including

  • Self-care (bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding)
  • Self-care (bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding)
  • Household (cooking, cleaning, shopping)
  • Community involvement
  • Work or study
  • Leisure/ recreation pursuits

Role of Occupational Therapy

  • Helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations
  • Helping people recovering from injury to regain skills
  • Providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes
  • Comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school)
  • Comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school)
  • Guidance and education for family members and caregivers

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

Areas of Intervention

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Work / Vocation
  • Gross and Fine motor skills
  • Sensory Stimulation or re-education
  • Sensory Integration
  • Play Therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Psycho-social skills
  • Cognition & Perception

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

 

A therapy for those recuperating from illness that encourages rehabilitation by performing the activities of daily life.