October is National Occupational Therapy month in Canada and this year’s theme is Yes, I can!
Not many people are aware of what occupational therapy (OT) is. OT, as defined by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), is…
Occupational therapy is a health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. Occupation refers to everything that people do during the course of everyday life (CAOT Position Statement on Everyday Occupations and Health, 2003). The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the occupations which give meaning and purpose to their lives. Occupational therapists have a broad education that provides them with the skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with people of all ages and abilities that experience obstacles to participation. These obstacles may result from a change in function (thinking, doing, feeling) because of illness or disability, and/or barriers in the social, institutional or and physical environment. (Adapted from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2004)
As part of their awareness campaign, they are also encouraging people to consider a career in OT. Read their fact sheet on this for more information.
And while we are on the subject of Occupational Therapy, check out this neat video from YouTube.