The World Federation of Occupational Therapy (www.wfot.org) provides the following definition of Occupational Therapy:
“Occupational therapy is as a profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation.”
An OT will try to find out why you cannot do what you would like or need to do and, depending on your situation, an OT may assess the following areas:
- What you can and cannot do physically e.g. your strength, coordination and balance.
- What you can and cannot do mentally e.g. your memory, organisation skills and coping strategies.
- What materials you need to participate in the occupation e.g. assistive technology, furniture, cooking utensils, clothes and computers.
- The social and emotional support available to you in your home, school, work and community.
- The environment you are having difficulty in e.g. home, school, work or community.