What is Occupational Therapy

“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 (activity) or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.”

Word Federation of Occupational Therapists WFOT 2012

What is Occupational Therapy

Through approaches such as the neurodevelopmental (including sensory), compensatory, behavioural or perceptuo-motor based interventions Occupational Therapists aim to enable any child / young person to be as independent as possible in their daily lives.

Occupational Therapist’s work with all children / young people where difficulties often include:

  • Developmental delay
  • Developmental coordination disorders
  • Trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Orthopaedic
  • Neurological impairments
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Autism, and other pervasive developmental (not otherwise specified) and learning disorders