Occupational therapists are qualified health professionals who work with people of all ages and abilities to do the things they need and want to in all aspects of life, such as taking care of oneself and others, working, volunteering, and participating in hobbies, interests and social events. Occupational therapists call these things “occupations”.
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the occupations of everyday life.
Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession that involves ongoing assessments to understand what occupations are important to you, any current issues you may have in doing them, and understanding your goals. Occupational therapists will then work on any or all of the following to ensure you can participate it the occupations you need and want to do - enhancing your own personal life skills, adjusting the environment you do your occupations in, and adjusting the occupation itself.
Occupational therapists can also prescribe, if necessary, devices and therapy equipment to help you do the activities you want and need. They will make sure you can use the device in the best way to meet your needs. This means that you will get a total solution and not just a product.
A child’s occupations are centered around play and learning. Occupational therapists work with children with any condition, disability or impairment that affects their ability to perform the everyday activities of life, such as getting dressed, eating, going to school, making friends and being part of club or group.
Occupational therapists work in partnership with the child, their parents and other important people in the child’s life such as their doctor, teacher and other health professionals.
Occupational therapists can
Occupational therapists work with older people with a wide variety of disabilities resulting from disease, injury and age related changes including vision and hearing, balance, co-ordination, memory and confusion.
Occupational therapists can help older people to maintain participation in the occupations of everyday life by working with them to:
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to rehabilitate after injury or illness. Rehabilitation areas that occupational therapists work in include:
Occupational therapists use specialised assessments to determine the functional requirements of various jobs, and people’s capacity to return to work.
Occupational therapists can assist with:
Occupational therapists work with clients through all stages of their life. Some of the other areas that occupational therapists may work in are: