WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Occupational therapy (OT) is the use of evaluation and intervention to help people, organisations, and communities create, heal, or sustain functional tasks or occupations. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants practise this allied health specialty (OTA). Occupational therapists (OTs) often work with people who have mental health issues, disabilities, accidents, or impairments.
The American Occupational Therapy Association defines an occupational therapist as someone who “helps people across their lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, injury rehabilitation, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.”
area of practice
- Providing splinting and caregiver education in a hospital burn unit.
- Facilitating handwriting development through providing intervention to develop fine motor and writing readiness skills in school-aged children.
- Providing individualized treatment for sensory processing difficulties.
- Teaching coping skills to a child with generalized anxiety disorder.