What is occupational therapy all about?
Assist people to reach their full potential in independence in all areas of their life focusing more on play (work for adults) and activities of daily living (e.g. eating, bathing, dressing, driving, etc.).
We treat a person in a holistic way looking at their unique personality, social support system, financial situation, their strengths and weaknesses and what their own goals are for therapy.
An occupational therapist can specialize in one or more of the following areas:
- Paediatrics (working with children)
- Hands (designing and making splints and providing rehabilitation after hand
- Geriatrics (working with the elderly)
- Physical (working with burn victims and neurological incidents e.g. stroke
- or head injuries)
- Psychiatry (working with kids and adults in acute or chronic facilities having mental illnesses e.g. depression, schizophrenia, etc.)
- Work rehabilitation (assessing current level of functioning after an accident and placement back into the work environment
- Community health (all of the above in a community setting)
We work on a client-centred approach meaning that treatment is individualized for each client we see taking into considerations the above mentioned criteria.
So we look at each person during an evaluation and determine why that person isn’t reaching his/her full potential in their life roles including:
- Work (play for children)
- Activities of daily living
Impairment may be caused by and accident and/or illness and/or congenital reasons. We then set goals according to each person’s currently life situation and through therapy address these goals. Thus we set aims for each therapy session and through task-centred activities try to facilitate these goals.
As an example:
If a 7 year old struggles to write neatly in school we will address this by doing activities such as pegboard tasks and manipulating clay with each finger in opposition to the thumb. All of these activities will work on hand function and fine motor skills to in the end reach the goal of writing neatly in school.
When the client is satisfied that they are functioning independently/to the best of their ability/according to expected levels therapy will be terminated.