Sunday, 19 June 2011

Occupational Therapy - Definition


If you have looked at previous posts on this blog, you will find a few definitions of the profession of Occupational Therapy. You might well ask why so many definitions? That is an excellent question. Partly the differences are due to progress and development in the profession. Why the same definition is not used for all Occupational Therapy National Bodies is a question I ask too.

In any event, the following definition is the one provided by the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa otherwise known as OTASA.
Definition of Occupational Therapy:

Occupational Therapists use scientifically chosen meaningful activities to assist diverse clients with a range of problems to maximise their functioning. This empowers them to be as independent as possible and to experience dignity and quality of life at work, at home and at play (OTASA)
It is hoped that having this definition will help you whether you are a potential client and need to know whether you require Occupational Therapy (OT), whether you are a health professional and need to know whether certain clients require referral to Occupational Therapy, or just for your general information.
Please let us know what you think about OT. Have you had any experience with OT. Do you have questions. We love to hear feedback. If you are living in Israel and are in need of an OT consultation or OT intervention, please email Shoshanah to book an appointment. If you have a question regarding OT and do not know where to direct your question, email Shoshanah too and she will be happy to assist in directing you. 
Alternatively you are welcome to post a comment at the end of this post.

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