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Occupational Therapy

Looking for an Occupational Therapist?

We work with children, adolescents and adults with both temporary and long-term injuries or disability to support them with engaging and participating  in everyday life, particularly in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.

 

General Introduction: 

  • Occupational Therapists are Allied health practitioners which use specific activities or “occupations” as a means of rehabilitation and promotion of physical and mental well-being. 
  • The main goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable and empower people of all abilities to participate in the activities of everyday life, whatever it may be for you. 

 

Why Occupational Therapy? 

  • Here at a2z the OTs work with you to enhance your ability to do the things that you want to, need to, or are expected to do by supporting you with, strategies, assistive technology/equipment , or modification of the environment, to better enable you! 
  • We believe in a holistic and person-centred focus when it comes to assisting you and your loved ones in developing independence and overall well-being. 

“You treat a disease: you win, you lose.

You treat a person, I guarantee you win-no matter what the outcome.”

— Patch Adams

OT for children and adolescents

  • Occupational Therapist work with people of all ages and can help infants, children and adolescents in supporting their ability to participate in daily life activities such as self-care, productivity(school) and leisure.
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapists work collaboratively with your child, family, schools, teachers,and any other health professionals involved with your child’s care to plan and implement strategies/interventions. This plan aims to enable you and your child’s in participating in activities at home, in school or wherever your child would like to thrive! 
  • Occupational Therapist use a play-based approach to intervention as it provides a fun and engaging experience for your child to learn and develop important life skills. 
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapist provide ideas and strategies to help with: 
    • Fine motor and Gross motor skills  
    • Sensory Regulation 
    • Visual Perception 
    • Body Awareness
    • Praxis (Sequencing  and Planning) 
    • Emotional regulation  
    • Self-care (toileting, showering, eating, cooking) 
    • Routine Planning 
    • Feeding/eating  
    • Play and social skills  
  • Occupational Therapists support you and your family by empowering you with the information and support needed to help your child. 

OT for Adults and Older Adults

  • Occupational Therapist also work with adults and older adults of all abilities to maximise independence, as well as, physical and mental well-being.  
  • The key focus of Occupational Therapy for adults is your Quality of Life by identifying your strengths and the barriers in your environment which may be preventing you from doing what you want or need to do. We can help you work out practical solutions or strategies unique to your strengths  in overcoming these challenges. 
  • Occupational Therapist do this by: 
    • Modifying the Environment for better access or safety (grabrails, ramps, platforms, etc..) 
    • Provision of Assistive Technology (bed-sticks, toilet frames, chairs, long handled aids, dressing aids, modified eating utensils, cushions,mobility aids, etc…)
    • Developing your skills with:
      • Education (eg., falls prevention) 
      • Problem solving or alternative strategies 
      • Routine building 
      • Coping or self-management strategies 
    • Advocating for recommendation or interventions which will support you in your participation.

What to Expect? 

Initial Meeting

An informal meeting to get to know you as a person, what is important to you, and what is getting in the way of what you want, need, or are expected to do. 

Assessment

Depending on the need, we may conduct a formal assessment with you to have a better understanding of your current abilities and your environment to determine which course of intervention will best suit you. Assessment includes the use of standardised procedures, interviews, observations in a variety of settings and consultation with significant people in the person's life.

Planning

With the information gathered, we work with you to  come up with a plan which includes short and long-term aims of treatment which considers your unique strengths and environmental factors. 

Intervention

Intervention focuses on strategies which are aimed to enable and facilitate your ability to perform the chosen tasks. We can also work on adapting the settings in which you live, work, socialize or play in. 

Collaboration

We recognise the importance of teamwork and communication. Collaboration and coordination with other professionals, families, caregivers and volunteers are important in the realisation of your journey!