Occupational Therapy

“Occupational therapy enables people to do the 'day-to-day activities that are important to them' despite impairments, activity limitations or participation restrictions or despite risks for these problems. Occupations are another name for these day-to-day activities.”

you will acquire the skills to facilitate independent living in people with a variety of disabilities and disorders.

Occupational therapists work with all age groups and in a wide range of physical and psychosocial areas.

Places of employment may include hospitals, clinics, day and rehabilitation centres, home care programmes, special schools, industry and private enterprise.

Occupational therapists use the best evidence-based information in their practice to enable individuals to reable, rehabilitate and live as independently as they choose.

Occupational therapists take a person-centred approach.

Occupational therapy is directed to those who possess or who are at risk for:

    • Physical disabilities
    • Cognitive disabilities
    • Psychosocial dysfunctions
    • Mental illnesses
    • Developmental or learning disorders
    • Maladaptive behaviors
    • Other disorders or conditions

Services include:

    • Evaluating and providing intervention in collaboration with the client, family, care giver, or others
    • Developing, improving, sustaining, or restoring skills in activities of daily living (ADL), work or productive activities, and play or leisure
    • Identifying and facilitating engagement in meaningful and healthy occupations
    • Developing, remediating, or restoring sensorimotor, cognitive, or psychosocial components of performance
    • Educating the client, family, care giver, or others in carrying out appropriate nonskilled interventions
    • Consulting with groups, programs, organizations, or communities to provide population-based services

Intervention involves:

  • Therapeutic use of meaningful and purposeful occupations
  • Adaptation of environments and processes to enhance functional performance in occupations
  • Promotion of health and wellness through engagement in valued occupations
  • Graded tasks and activities as pre requisites to engagement in occupations
  • Design, fabrication, application, or training in the use of assistive technology or orthotic devices and training in the use of prosthetic devices
  • Application of physical agent modalities as an adjunct to or in preparation for engagement in occupations
  • Application of ergonomic principles to the performance of occupations