We commonly think of occupation as work, but life’s occupation is not confined to the workplace.
“Occupation” in occupational therapy (OT) refers to everything that you do in life – at home, at work, at school, and in your community.
Occupational therapists are trained to analyze your ability to participate in all activities of daily living. We work to understand where difficulties lie in achieving daily tasks – which can include tasks of taking care of yourself, others, your home, interactions in the community, working, studying, and in leisure pursuits. We work with physical, mental, and emotional disability as an obstacle to independence.
Our role is to assist with the problem solving, development of skills, and/or environmental adaptations that are needed to help you to continue to set and achieve your goals, today and in the future.
Our model of practice:
The Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement guides occupational therapists to consider the dynamic relationship between an individual’s physical, cognitive, and psychological status, their physical, cultural and social environment, and their functioning in normal life (CAOT, 1997, 2007).