What Does An Occupational Therapy Practitioner Do?
Occupational therapy uses everyday activities as the means of helping people to achieve independence.
For the person with a physical disability, the first focus is on performing critical daily activities, such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and eating. Once these skills are mastered, the occupational therapy program is built around the skills needed to perform a person's daily responsibilities, such as caring for a home and family, participating in education, seeking and holding employment and participating in the social structure of the community.
The goals for a client with mental illness are also based on the ability to function independently. In treating mental or emotional problems, the occupational therapy program often includes practice in managing time, working productively with others, and enjoying leisure.