What is Occupational Therapy?

zcOccupational therapists are trained health-care professionals who use a client-centred approach to enable individuals and groups to become more engaged and independent in the occupations of life.

To occupational therapists, the term occupation refers to all of the activities that a person wants and needs to participate in daily – including self-care, leisure, and productivity.

Occupational Therapists:

  • Assist individuals with injury, disability, physical illness, participation restriction, or mental illness.
  • Consider physical, emotional, cultural, social and spiritual aspects of their clients’ lives.
  • Modify activities, adapt environments, implement rehabilitative treatment plans, and advocate for resources to foster independence for their clients.
  • Provide education and training to individuals, caregivers, groups, and organizations.
  • Practice in a variety of settings including rehabilitation centres, hospitals, schools, houses, outpatient clinics, workplaces, personal care homes, and more.