Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health profession concerned with promoting clients’ health and well-being, through occupation. We view occupation as anything that people do during the course of their everyday lives.
Occupational therapy is guided by a client-centred approach and works to enable people to do the activities that are meaningful in their lives. Occupational therapists achieve this by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate in activities or by modifying the environment to better support participation.
Occupational therapists understand the importance of everyday activities to a person. Through analysing the physical, mental and social components of an activity, and then adapting either the activity or the environment to suit the person’s needs, and/or helping the person learn new skills, we facilitate the person to engage in activities that are meaningful to them.
Occupational therapists address the questions, "Why does this person have difficulties managing his or her daily activities (or occupations), and what can we adapt to make it possible for him or her to manage better and how will this then impact his or her health and well-being?”
Following an OT assessment, the occupational therapist liaises with the client, other professionals and family members in order to develop a holistic brain injury treatment plan.