What is Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy (often referred to as ‘OT’)?

‘Occupational Therapy is a client health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of daily living.

Occupational Therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement’.  World Federation of Occupational Therapy, (2012).

So…when I am working with your child, what does this mean?

I help to identify and overcome any obstacles to achieving the key aspects of being a child - a player; a learner; a friend; a family member.

‘If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn’ (Ignacio Estrada)

Playing is a child’s main ‘occupation’, and play is used to help child develop the skills they need. Therefore therapy needs to be fun and engaging for the brain to ‘switch on’ and be ready for learning. To us adults, therapy sessions can look as though the Occupational Therapist is just ‘playing with my child’, however each activity/toy and interaction is carefully selected and modified to address the child’s needs and help build their skills.

This video explains further Occupational Therapy and the personalised approach bounceintolife! commits to when working with your child.