Occupational Therapists, commonly referred to as OT’s, support people to engage in meaningful occupations in their daily life. Occupation is more than just ‘paid work’. Occupations can be activities that you want to complete (such as leisure activity), need to complete (such as self-care) or are expected to complete (such as work based tasks) in your everyday life.
Occupational Therapists work with you to address difficulties relating to the performance of certain activities. This can occur in a variety of settings including:
- Recreational program
Occupational Therapists work in conjunction with you, and your nominated support teams, to provide holistic care.
Occupational Therapists can work with you on:
- Equipment prescriptions such as wheelchairs, specialised bikes, shower chairs
- Home modifications to assist promote participation, independence, and safety
- Task modification using compensatory strategies to promote independence
- Promoting independence and/or participation with self-care skills such as cooking, dressing, showering and toileting
- Promoting independence with functional skills such as shopping, cooking and cleaning
- Planning and organisational skills such as getting ready for school or preparing to leave the house
- Increasing budgeting skills/money management
- Fine motor skills such as how to use cutlery or develop handwriting
- Sensory concerns
- Community access and participation and supporting travel training
- Social skills
- Engagement in the workforce through adaption of the work environment or task modification
- Vehicle modifications
Occupational Therapists can also assist to complete applications for accessing assistive technology, Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA), Supported Independent Living (SIL), and School Leaver Employment Support.