What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) blends science, creativity and compassion to help our clients live their lives to the fullest. OT is a poorly understood profession, possibly because of how broad the scope is.
The term “occupational” in Occupational Therapy, does not come from the synonym of “job” as many believe, but it actually comes from the word “occupy”, as in how we spend our time. OTs’ specialty is the way in which people spend their time. If for some reason you are unable/struggling to participate in your usual daily activities such as school/studies/work, social participation, managing finances, managing your home, spending your free time in a meaningful way (and more), then an OT can help!
With kids, you may see OTs helping with handwriting, tying shoelaces, coping in class with ADHD. In a physical setting, you may find OTs helping people after an injury relearning to bath themselves, use a wheelchair, or adapting the workplace. In a mental health setting (that’s me!) you may find OTs helping individuals struggling with stress, depression, or other mental illnesses, deal with conflict, find a meaningful routine, cope at work or learning. This is done in a group therapy setting and/or on a one-on-one basis.
IS MENTAL HEALTH OT FOR YOU?
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