What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy has a unique philosophy that links what people can do with their health and wellbeing. ‘Occupation’ means the activities a person undertakes every day. These could include the basics such as getting dressed, or preparing a meal; or going to work, or carrying on with a favourite hobby. If a patient is unable to do what they want, their health and wellbeing can suffer.

 An occupational therapist will use activity analysis to assess tasks that have become difficult for a patient. They will analyse the patient’s physical, psychological, social, cognitive and environmental needs, and provide rehabilitation, or develop new strategies to enable patients to continue to do the activities they need or want to do.”   College of Occupational Therapists

For more information see the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists website:  www.cot.org.uk

Occupational Therapy for Children

When working with a child an Occupational Therapist can help develop independence and confidence.  Assessment and therapy techniques vary according to the needs of the child but would usually be fun activities and targeted practice.  Some children may need adaptive equipment or techniques to enable them to reach their goal.

Skills that an Occupational Therapist often becomes involved with are developing independence in dressing and self-care, feeding, playing and making the most of school.

Download a copy of the “Helping Children to Develop and Thrive” leaflet from the College of Occupational Therapists