Sunday, June 3, 2007

What is Occupational Therapy?

"Occupational therapy is 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.

Occupational therapists have a broad education that equips them with skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with individuals or groups of people who have an impairment of body structure or function due to a health condition, and who experience barriers to participation. Occupational therapists believe that participation can be supported or restricted by physical, social, attitudinal and legislative environments. Therefore, occupational therapy practice may be directed to changing aspects of the environment to enhance participation.

Occupational therapy is practiced in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, health centres, homes, workplaces, schools, reform institutions and housing for seniors. Clients are actively involved in the therapeutic process, and outcomes of occupational therapy are diverse, client-driven and measured in terms of participation or satisfaction derived from participation. "
(Definition from the WFOT)

2 comments:

Michael said...

Thanks for nice information about occupational therapy which gives the perfect information about it and it is very useful for students like me who are studying in colleges, occupational therapy university, OT high schools.

SAOT said...

On behalf of the organizing committee of the 1st Saudi OT conference Iwould like to thank Laura for her effort in helping us and I would like you all to visit our Web site: www.ot-ksa.com.
Hope to see you in our conference, Visas will be arranged
Amany Shehab Eldin