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About Occupational Therapy

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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy helps people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational therapists work with people with disabilities to participate fully in social and school environments, providing supports for older adults experiencing cognitive and physical changes and helping people recovering from injury to regain skills. Occupational therapy services include comprehensive evaluations of homes and other environments including schools and workplaces, recommendations for adaptive devices and education and guidance for clients and their families.

How Occupational Therapists help?

  • Help to overcome a disability by educating and coaching clients on how to improve or maintain abilities you already have

  • Adaptive devices you already use around the house or at work

  • Recommend changes to your environment where you do activities

  • Occupational therapists use a client-centred approach to help overcome barriers with performance and improve quality of life

  • Occupational therapists may assess your physical and mental abilities, social and emotional supports to help you succeed in your goals

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Occupational Therapy with Children

School Children

Occupational Therapists help children of all ages to achieve and maintain independence. Occupational Therapists work with children to help them in their day-to-day skills, known as "occupations." Learn more about how Occupational Therapists can help:

Occupational Therapy with Adults

Happy Senior Couple

Much of what defines successful or active ageing fits perfectly within the philosophy of occupational therapy; that is, the 'doing' to enable health and wellbeing. For occupational therapists, this means working well with adults aiming to prevent ill health and disability.

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