Occupational Therapy

What is Occu­pa­tion­al Therapy?

Occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­pists are qual­i­fied health pro­fes­sion­als who work with all peo­ple to do the things they need and want to in all aspects of life, such as tak­ing care of one­self and oth­ers, work­ing, vol­un­teer­ing, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in hob­bies, inter­ests and social events. Occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­pists call these activ­i­ties occu­pa­tions”, which can be grouped into three broad categories

    Leisure
    • We engage in leisure occu­pa­tions for relax­ation, play and enjoyment
    • These often vary per­son to per­son, but can include read­ing, knit­ting and play­ing sport

    Self-care
    • Self-care occu­pa­tions enable peo­ple to remain active and inde­pen­dent in their every­day lives
    • Com­mon exam­ples of self-care include show­er­ing, apply­ing make-up and cooking


    Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty
    • Through pro­duc­tiv­i­ty occu­pa­tions, peo­ple often derive mean­ing through their contributions
    • These change through­out the lifes­pan, and con­sist of school­work, par­ent­ing, vol­un­teer­ing and employment


Occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­pists are experts in the rela­tion­ships between what peo­ple do, their health, their well-being, and work with peo­ple to help make every day liv­ing eas­i­er. They assist peo­ple to man­age ongo­ing symp­toms and pre­vent com­pli­ca­tions by:

  • Build­ing their knowl­edge and skills
  • Find­ing new ways of doing activities
  • Chang­ing the envi­ron­ment to suit their needs


To learn more about occu­pa­tion­al ther­a­py, please vis­it: http://​aboutoc​cu​pa​tion​alther​a​py​.com​.au/

Occu­pa­tion­al Ther­a­py at Woolly­butt Spe­cial­ist Services

The role of Occu­pa­tion­al Ther­a­pists at Woolly­butt Spe­cial­ist Ser­vices is to work with peo­ple and help them max­imise their indi­vid­ual potential.

When work­ing with peo­ple we first aim to build a pos­i­tive rela­tion­ship. This sets up a safe secure place to explore abil­i­ties and any chal­lenges or con­cerns that may impact on achiev­ing goals and liv­ing a full and mean­ing­ful life.

The Occu­pa­tion­al Ther­a­pist will then under­take an assess­ment of strengths and needs. Work­ing with you we will cre­ate a plan on how to build capac­i­ty and deliv­er ther­a­py. To make sure we have a holis­tic under­stand­ing we will con­sult, with con­sent, with oth­er impor­tant peo­ple such as fam­i­ly, friends, employ­ers or caregivers.

Exam­ples of sup­port­ing an engaged life include:

  • Cre­at­ing routines,
  • Build­ing skills,
  • Address­ing Sen­so­ry needs
  • Build­ing social connection,
  • Man­ag­ing work or study,
  • Facil­i­tat­ing every­day activ­i­ties such as house­hold man­age­ment and get­ting out and about.

Ser­vices and sup­port will be tai­lored to the spe­cif­ic needs of the per­son, draw­ing from a wealth of inno­v­a­tive, evi­dence based resources and train­ing held at Woolly­butt Spe­cial­ist Services.