What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a science-based, rehabilitative, health care profession. By improving performance, preventing functional limitations and assisting individuals in adapting to life changes, occupational therapists enable people to continue to participate in the activities of their choice. As occupational therapists, we assist others in building skills that are important to their health, welfare, security and quality of life.

 

Enabling the performance of ordinary yet crucial daily tasks, those that are mundane and those that are of the utmost importance, is the critical focus of occupational therapy. We are there to help people develop or regain the skills they need for learning, playing, earning a living and taking care of themselves and others.

 

Occupational therapists use a person's existing talents while recognizing the way in which the human and non-human environments can support or limit participation in meaningful activities. The uniqueness of occupational therapy lies in its emphasis on function, its basis in scientific research and in the manner in which we work collaboratively with our clients to define treatment goals.

 

As occupational therapy professionals, we consider a person's interests, motivation, values and goals and stress the importance of individually designed treatment plans. In so doing, we celebrate the uniqueness of each individual.