Understanding Occupational Therapy
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a health profession whose goal is to help people achieve greater independence, meaning and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives.
Occupation is everything that a person does during the course of everyday life, including self-care, caregiving, housekeeping, school, work, leisure, play and social activities.
Occupational Therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do, through therapeutic use of the daily activities (occupations).
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 Therapy helps people who have physical, cognitive, or mental disabilities. OT helps people to gain the skills they need to perform everyday functions in order to lead better lives.
Occupational Therapy interventions include helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, provide supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes, and help children and teens with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations. Some of the approaches used by Occupational Therapists: