Occupational therapy (OT) is a healthcare profession, centred around promoting health, well-being and participation.
OTs work with people in many different areas across the lifespan including infants, young children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. OTs may work or specialise in various areas including mental health, rehabilitation or paediatrics. OTs strive towards assisting people in activities of everyday life, by enhancing their ability to participate in tasks or activities that are meaningful to them (e.g. leisure activities) or that are expected of them (e.g. their job).
Essentially, we are assisting them to reach their potential and participate in activities at school, home and work by adapting tasks or the environment. OTs work closely with many other disciplines including speech pathologists, psychologists, paediatricians and physiotherapists. OTs can also able to work in a range of settings including schools, hospitals, homes and private clinics.