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 activities a person wants and needs to participate in everyday – 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.