“Occupational Therapy” is an impressive term, but it doesn’t tell people very much about what the practice actually is. Within the profession, “occupation” doesn’t just mean what a person does as a job. It means any and all activities that form a part of daily life – whether it’s something we need to do, want to do, or put value upon doing. It could be washing dishes, caring for children, reading a book or walking a dog. Occupational Therapy understands that there is a connection between what people do, and their health. The role of an occupational therapist (OT) is to enable someone to engage in an activity which they are normally unable to do (perhaps for reasons of illness or disability, for example).
In practical terms, an OT seeks to support an individual so that they can accomplish activities as independently as possible. This could involve teaching someone a new way of doing a regular task, or ensuring that a home or work place is accessible. Whether the need involves social interaction, creative expression or personal care, you may find that Occupational Therapy can help.