What is Occupational Therapy?

OT stands for occupational therapy or occupational therapist, and focuses to the everyday ‘occupations’ or activities, which make up a persons day.  We often talk about ‘activities of daily living’ and these describe the activities we all do everyday to be able to function and participate in our chosen activities.  For example, brushing teeth, getting dressed, making a cup of tea, riding a bike, driving a car, making a meal.

Did you know

Did you know that there are around 36 steps, cognitive and physical, involved in making a cup of tea?
And over the course of a day an adult can make up to 35,000 decisions linked to the completion of activities of daily living.

Wow! The human brain is amazing!

In the simplest terms, Occupational therapists (OTs) help people do the things they need and want to do.  They work with individuals to change small habits, which in turn can lead to improved functioning and participation. 

OTs are well placed to offer this support, looking at the whole person and working in partnership to create realistic goals, which grow to develop success in many areas.

OTs can work in all health settings, from neonatal to palliative care.  As a profession OTs are dedicated to improving quality of life, seeing beyond diagnoses or limitations to the individuals strengths, hopes and aspirations.

Occupational Therapy is a science-based, health and social care profession, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK.  The Royal College of Occupational Therapists in the UK have a vision that people everywhere value the life-changing power of occupational therapy.  DynamicOT shares this vision and endeavours to raise the profile of occupational therapy through a trusted and valued service in the North East of Scotland.

Is occupational therapy what you are looking for?

We understand the importance of finding the right service for your child/young person.  It can be daunting, which is why we are always happy to talk and explore this with you.

Some questions to think about?

Are activities of daily living impacted by the difficulties experienced? 

Looking to your child/young persons skills and abilities, can you see areas of challenge, which wouldn’t ‘typically’ present for their age and stage?

For anyone, child or adult, it is hard to understand why you find difficulty when others don’t.  This can play a huge part in confidence and mindset.

Some activities appear far too effortful and if it can be avoided it will be.  Some examples – handwriting, sporting activities, shoelaces.

Building skills for independence can be tough and met with resistance, and as a parent it can be hard to know which strategies are best suited to our children.