What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapists aim to enable everyone to fulfil their potential.

Occupational Therapy is a health and science based person-centred profession which aims to promote a balanced range of occupations to support health and wellbeing.

Occupational Therapists work within Health Care, Social Care, Education, Voluntary Organisations and Independent Practice.

I work in Independent Practice, as it gives me the freedom to work when I want and without the limitations of Statutory Services (e.g. high case loads, little time to work with clients, etc.). I pride myself on having a quick response rate, on giving thorough levels of support and on providing a quality service.

What are Occupations?

Occupations are what we do throughout the day, everyday, from getting out of bed to going to school to playing football.

Occupations tend to fall into three categories:

Self care – being able to meet basic needs such as eating, dressing, using the toilet.

Productivity – in the case of children and young people, this would generally include playing (as children learn through play) and accessing education.

Leisure – accessing hobbies, active recreation such as sports and quiet recreation such as arts and crafts.

Children and young people can experience a disruption to their occupations due to injury, illness, disability or family circumstances.

American Association of Occupational Therapy holistic diagram of how Occupations Interact with client factors, performance patterns and performance skills.
A demonstration of the holistic nature of Occupational Therapy; we consider the person as a whole rather than difficulties in isolation.

How do Occupational Therapists help?

Occupational Therapists spend time with a child or young person and their family or staff that are working with them, so that they can understand the strengths and needs of the child and identify and advise on ways that that person can be supported to reach their potential. They can then provide direct treatment themselves, or can guide others to follow strategies to support the child’s occupational needs.

To understand more about my Services and my outlook on Occupational Therapy, please have a look at my Blog.

Read more about Occupational Therapy here.

So, if your child or young person is struggling to achieve something that they either want or need to do, it is worth considering an Occupational Therapy Referral to see whether they can be supported to reach their desired goals.

Child completing occupational therapy assessment

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