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