What is Occupational Therapy?

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occupational therapy is…

  • A healthcare profession that focuses on enabling clients to participate to the fullest extent and experience success in activities/occupations that are meaningful to them.

  • Some examples include:

    • Self-care (e.g., dressing, eating, toileting, bathing)

    • Productivity (e.g., school work, household chores, volunteering)

    • Leisure (e.g., play, hobbies)

  • Our role is to foster health and well-being through occupation.

  • Occupational therapists (OTs) accomplish this by collaborating with clients, families, communities, and stakeholders to enhance their clients’ abilities to participate in the occupations that are meaningful to them.

  • OTs also assist clients by modifying the environment or occupation to support their occupational engagement/engagement in activities.

(World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2012)

What does 'occupation' mean?

  • This term refers to any activities that individuals do throughout the day (World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2012).

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