What is Occupational Therapy?

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Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy helps to solve the problems that interfere with your ability to do the things that are important to you. It can also prevent a problem or minimize its effects.

When an injury, illness, disability or other problem limits your ability to:

  • Take care of yourself,
  • Participate in paid or unpaid work, or
  • Enjoy your leisure time, e.g. hobbies, sports, spending time with family,

then you may want to learn some new skills for the job of living from an occupational therapist.

Occupational therapists believe that occupations (activities) describe who you are and how you feel about yourself. If you are unable to do the things you want, or need to do, to live and enjoy your life, your general well-being may be affected.

How does occupational therapy help?

Occupational therapy provides the skills for the job of living to help people lead productive and satisfying lives.

Occupational Therapists consider occupation to be everything people do to occupy themselves, including looking after themselves (self-care), enjoying life (leisure), and contributing to the social and economic fabric of their communities (work/productivity).

Occupational therapy works to break down the barriers which impede individuals in their everyday activities. Occupational Therapists examine not only the physical effects of an injury or disease, but also address the psycho-social, community and environmental factors that influence function.

To begin, an Occupational Therapist will try to find out why you cannot do what you would like or need to do…

Depending on your situation, an Occupational Therapists may check:

  • what you can and cannot do physically (this includes your strength, coordination, balance, or other physical abilities)
  • what you can and cannot do mentally (your memory, organization skills, coping strategies, or other mental abilities)
  • what materials you use to participate in the occupation (for example, work tools, furniture, cooking utensils, clothes, or other materials)
  • the social and emotional support available to you in your home, school, work and community
  • the physical setup of your house, school, classroom, work place, community, or other environment