What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a treatment that helps you improve your ability to do the things that are important to you. For example, you might have lost certain abilities to function, that normally would make you feel safe, independent, and fulfilled, such as:
- Taking care of yourself.
- Taking care of your home.
- Taking care of your family.
- Staying connected to your friends and social circles.
- Going to school or learning new skills.
- Being a productive participant in your community through volunteer work or paid work (your vocation).
- Getting around your community through walking, taking the bus, or driving.
- Doing the hobbies that you enjoy.
A change in health or abilities can often result in functional challenges with everyday life. You may notice changes in your:
- Level of enjoyment of activities
- Thinking (for example, memory, concentration, planning, prioritizing)
- Energy or endurance
- Body or spatial awareness
- Ability to move around your home or community
Occupational Therapy is an activity-based rehabilitation therapy, therefore Occupational Therapy for children looks very different from Occupational Therapy for adults. Occupational Therapy evaluates the world around you: how you function, work, and play.
Our Occupational Therapist helps on three levels: Person, Environment, and Activity.
- Learning new skills and strategies, such as pain management and energy conservation
- Physical or cognitive rehabilitation
- Building on strengths
- Integrating values and beliefs
- Looking at cultural influences and supports
- Making the environment more accessible
- Providing education to family, friends, and workplaces
- Identifying community resources
- Providing adaptive equipment or mobility aids
- Using technology to help
- Adapting the activity or doing it in a different way
What would Occupational Therapy look like for me?
First, our Occupational Therapist would help you to identify activities that you are having trouble doing, or would like to start doing. This sets up functional goals that are meaningful to you to guide your therapy.
Next, based on your goals, our Occupational Therapist would work with you to identify where things are breaking down and address these barriers with support. Occupational Therapy involves a lot of collaborative and creative problem-solving. It is important to know that if you have difficulty doing something, you may not have difficulty doing the entire activity, but one or two steps or aspects of it.
Occupational Therapy sessions here at HeadWay Clinic take place outside of our clinic, where daily life happens. This can be in your home, in your community, in your school, and/or in your workplace.
By making changes on the person, environment, and activity levels, our Occupational Therapist will help you to get back to being independent, safe, fulfilled, and doing life your way!
What are the Benefits of OT?
Occupational Therapy at HeadWay is truly client-centred—you actively shape your therapy! Our Occupational Therapist will help you to restore your daily functioning in the areas that you value most. Most importantly, it helps you to reconnect with yourself and your identity, your social circles, and your community through engagement in meaningful activity.
Is OT for me?
If you notice changes in your ability to complete your daily activities, Occupational Therapy is for you! It can be done alongside and collaboratively with other rehabilitation services. Book an initial visit now with our Occupational Therapist to see how Occupational Therapy can help!