What is Occupational Therapy?
Through specialized knowledge and skills, OTs provide solutions to enable the occupations of life. The assessments and interventions provided by OTs are client-centered, functional, and individually tailored to address the particular needs of each person.
- Fine Motor skills – The ability to make movements using small muscle groups, particularly with your hands.
- Gross Motor skills – The ability to make movements using larger muscle groups.
- Play Skills – A combination of planning activities, solving problems, and transferring skills from one type of play to another.
- Social Skills – The interaction and communication with others.
- Attention – The ability to actively process specific information in the environment while tuning out other details
- Memory – The processes that are used to acquire, store, retain, and later retrieve information.
- Executive Functioning – The higher-level cognitive skills you use to control and coordinate your other cognitive abilities and behaviors (planning, task initiation, organization, etc.).
- Visual-Perceptual Skills – The ability to make sense of what the eyes see.
- Motor Planning – How one plans and carries out movements.
- Self-Regulation – The ability to manage your emotions and behavior in accordance with the demands of the situation.
- Sensory Processing – How the brain perceives a combination of internal and external stimuli, and our body’s response (i.e., motor action or behaviour). People with sensory processing differences have trouble interpreting sensory information, with their brain often misreading or distorts this input. They may have difficulties using this information to do what they need or want to do.
Services for Children & Youth (0-17 years)
- Self-care (dressing, eating, bathing, etc.)
- Schoolwork (including handwriting)
- Family and peer relationships
- Community living skills
Services for Adults (18+ years)
- Productivity (working, household management, etc.)
- Social relationships
- Community navigation
- Leisure (sports, hobbies, etc.)
- Are having difficulties performing their everyday occupations (at home/daycare, at school, in the workplace, etc.)
- Are experiencing mental health concerns that are affecting daily living (depression, anxiety, etc.)
- Are having trouble with your gross or fine motor skills
- Are experiencing sensory processing differences
- Are having difficulties with self-regulation and/or behaviour management
- Are having issues with cognition, including memory, attention, and/or executive functioning
- Are having troubles with your social interactions
- Are not meeting typical developmental milestones