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What Is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is a profession that helps people experience life to the fullest. It helps you or your family member develop the skills needed for day-to-day activities when your abilities have been impacted by injury, illness, chronic disease, mental health issues, developmental delay, learning problems, or other factors.
The goal of occupational therapy sessions is to work with you to find solutions that will allow you to develop new skills, regain skills that have been impacted by an illness, or maintain your function and independence and prevent injury.
Occupational therapy uses a variety of approaches such as:
- Therapy programs for mental health, behaviour, cognitive or physical problems
- Introduce new ways of doing things
- Modifying your environment (including prescribing equipment, ergonomic assessments, classroom or workplace modifications, etc.)
Return to Work / School Programs
Debilitating symptoms can be a barrier to participating in work, school, or even social or community activities. Once your symptoms are sufficiently improved to allow you to return to the parts of your life that you have lost, your therapist will be able to help you develop a plan for success.
If, for example, you have stopped attending work/school due to severe anxiety, your therapist will work with you to begin to manage the anxiety symptoms. Once you are better able to control your thinking and the physical anxiety response, the therapist will help you to assess the work/school demands. What will be easy? What will be difficult?
Will you be able to attend for the full day, or should you start with just one or two courses? Is there a way to modify the course so that you will be better able to manage your symptoms? Is there a specific subject that will be better to start with?
Your therapist will work through the work/school or demands with you and will help you to set up an implement and plan for a return that will allow you the best chance for success.