Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. (World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2012).
It is based on the understanding that participating in activities that have meaning and purpose to you is very important for your physical and mental health and wellbeing. For more information have a look at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists website.
“Everyday, through their daily occupations, people create and recreate themselves and shape the world in some way. This ongoing process is an important factor in maintaining or enhancing health for individuals and communities”
–Wilcock, A Creating Self and Shaping the World
Occupational Therapy offers a practical approach which involves
- Focusing on your abilities, qualities, and strengths
- Increasing your personal skills, resources, and coping strategies
- Adapting activities to suit your needs
- Modifying the environment to support your activity participation