Occupational Therapy

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As an occupational therapist I believe that everyone; no matter what their struggles, can engage in activities that excite and benefit them emotionally and physically. Occupational therapy is a unique therapy intervention that many people know little about. As OTs we consider all aspects of the individual, the activity and the environment. This enables us to then make adaptions to enable the person to engage. The process of occupational therapy starts with an assessment of an individual’s needs and hopes, we then set goals alongside the individual, and find ways that they can achieve these.

About Occupational Therapy

As an OT my role is to facilitate the development of essential living skills, to increase independence and improve the quality of life for the whole family. I will achieve this by enabling strategies to cope with challenges and by making positive changes to the home environment to support needs.

“Occupation” as a term refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions; most commonly those who have difficulties due to a mental health illness, physical or learning disabilities. – COT 2015

My role as an OT is to consider the activities which the person participates in, assessing the challenges the person faces within their everyday environment.

Activities which commonly present difficulties consist of:

  • Self-care routines such as toileting. washing and dressing.
  • Eating habits, extreme likes and dislikes.
  • Going to the shops.
  • Community integration (using public transport, mobility, safety procedures and accessing)
  • Participating in school activities.
  • Leisure, socialising and relationships.
  • Transition and adaptation to college life or employment.
  • Independent living skills.
  • Engaging in their environment.
  • Many of the above activities present difficulties leading to the challenging behaviour, therefore I may consider stress management through activities such as swimming, massage, listening to music.

(Autistic Society, 2012)

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