What is Occupational Therapy (OT)
“Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.” (World Federation of Occupational Therapists 2012)
Occupational therapists play a critical and unique role in helping people who face physical and/or cognitive restrictions in their everyday life. These restrictions can be temporary or permanent and are often as a result of injuries, long term illnesses or disabilities.
Occupational therapists support and enable individuals to achieve greater independence, despite their restrictions, in the activities that are important to them.
Approaches used by occupational therapists can include:
- Rehabilitating the physical and/or cognitive impairments where possible
- Teaching new ways of doing to compensate for physical and/or cognitive difficulties
- Adapting or modifying activities and environments.
In a nutshell....we help people “do”