“Occupational therapy is a client-centred health 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 working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement”.
What can we help with?
Fine motor – puzzles, drawing, cutting, writing
Visual perception – making sense of what is seen, letter and number recognition, developing the eye muscles for reading
Self-care – dressing, eating, toileting, bathing, sleeping
Social skills – greetings, taking turns, playing games, winning and losing, developing and maintaining friendships, appropriate body language, starting and maintaining conversations
Managing emotions – stress, anger, sadness, anxiety
Play – pretend play, role play, doll/teddy play
Improved participation in leisure activities in the community
Sensory processing and modulation – responding to sensory stimuli in an appropriate and expected manner
Gross motor – coordination, balance, ball skills, crossing the midline, postural control, ball skills
Managing time and organizational skills
Daily life skills – meal preparation, budgeting, chores, personal hygiene and presentation
Use of assistive technology