Occupational therapy (OT) is a health and rehabilitation profession that helps people regain, develop, and build skills that focus on the occupations and tasks for people to live full, independent, and quality lives.
Occupations are everyday life activities and according to the OTPF-III (2014) fall into the main categories of:
- Activates of Daily Living (ADL's)
- Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLS)
- Rest & Sleep
- Play & Leisure
- Social Participation
Our profession seeks to maximize a person's ability to achieve an individualized, self-determined balance of occupations throughout life, an important value in today's health care system.
Treating the Whole Person
Occupational performance is developed and enhanced by treating the "whole person" and attending to physical, psychological, emotional, social and cultural issues, as influenced by the environment.
Occupational therapy is provided in many settings: acute care, industrial rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation, mental health, long-term care, case management, consultation, school systems, early intervention, community service, education, disease prevention and health promotion.
Improving the Quality of Life
Occupational therapy practice is tied to these important concepts:
- quality of life
- productive function
- independent living
- full access
- social-political integration
- multiculturalism, and
- balanced lifestyles
Professional Leaders And Community Advocates
Graduates of this program must be able to evaluate emerging information, anticipate new practice opportunities, develop new knowledge, participate in research, guide professional decisions, and cooperate effectively with a variety of groups.