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  • 1. What IS Occupational Therapy? That's a question any OT is used to hearing! Most people think occupational therapy is about getting people back to work following an injury, or designing functional work spaces and workstations because of the word “occupation” in the term. While this is an important part of what occupational therapists do, their scope is actually much broader. How To Provide Solutions For Living An OT Knows... Follow our guide to answer the question: "What is Occupational Therapy" and learn the amazing ways OT's help provide Solutions For Living.
  • 2. What Is Occupational Therapy? The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists defines Occupational therapy as: "the art and science of enabling engagement in everyday living, through occupation; of enabling people to perform the occupations that foster health and well-being; and of enabling a just and inclusive society so that all people may participate to their potential in the daily occupations of life. Simply defined: Occupational Therapy provides "Solutions For Living."
  • 3. An Occupation Means More Than Your Career Furthermore, CAOT defines an "occupation" as: " ...much more than a chosen career. Occupation refers to everything that people do during the course of everyday life. Each of us have many occupations that are essential to our health and well-being. Occupational therapists believe that occupations describe who you are and how you feel about yourself. A child, for example, might have occupations as a student, a playmate, a dancer and a table- setter." In the following guide we will highlight some of the key areas in which OT works to change lives by providing solutions for living.
  • 4. 1 Solutions For Seniors Occupational Therapists assist Seniors with: - fall prevention education - home modifications - equipment and device prescription - aging in place education - home safety training and education - memory and cognition training and assistance - safe driving and CarFit training and education - keeping senior's social and active through diet and activity suggestions
  • 5. Solutions For Children 2 Occupational Therapists assist children and their families with: - sensory processing disorders - Autism Spectrum disorders - learning disabilities - handwriting and printing difficulties - gross and fine motor development - social skills - community safety skills - transitioning to adulthood - nutrition, feeding and picky eating difficulties
  • 6. Solutions For the Workplace 3 Occupational Therapists assist employers and employees with: - ergonomic assessments and education - workplace wellness education and programs - physical demands analysis - cognitive demands analysis - return to work planning and coordination
  • 7. Solutions for Legal Professionals 4 Occupational Therapists assist lawyers and legal professionals with: - completing future cost of care assessments - assisting the legal team in their processes to achieve best outcomes - providing objective and non-biased assessments - acting as "expert witnesses" as required - providing treatment for maximum recovery - coordinating return to work, school or leisure activities
  • 8. In the end remember that each person and each environment requires a unique solution to any given situation. Seek the services of an Occupational Therapist if you or someone you love has a functional problem to solve. Sources: http://www.caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=1344
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