What is Occupational Therapy?

What is occupational therapy?

“A socio-health profession through the assessment of skills and physical, psychological, sensory and social problems of the individual aims, with proper treatment, enable you to achieve the highest possible degree of independence in their daily lives, contributing to the recovery from his illness and / or facilitating adaptation to their disability “

The Federation Mundialde Occupational Therapists (WFOT) defines occupational therapy as a profession that deals with the promotion of Health and Welfare through the occupation. The main goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in activities of daily living. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling individuals to perform tasks that optimize their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to strengthen this participation. Occupational therapists have extensive training provides the skills and knowledge to work with those individuals or groups of people who suffer impairment of body structure or function, due to a change of health, and therefore makes experience limitations in their participation. Occupational Therapy is exercised in a variety of policy areas, including hospitals, health centers, private homes, workplaces, schools, reformatories and retirement homes. Customers are actively involved in the therapeutic process and outcomes of occupational therapy are diverse, client-driven and measured in terms of participation or satisfaction derived from their participation.

Occupational therapists are professionals dedicated to social health:

  • geriatric rehabilitation
  • pediatric rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation in Mental Health
  • Drug Addiction
  • Mental deficiency
  • Orthopedics, prosthetics and orthotics
  • technical aids and environmental adaptations
  • Early stimulation
  • neurological rehabilitation
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • vocational rehabilitation
  • psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Teaching and research
  • Other areas of therapeutic intervention: social marginalization, social immigration, diabetes, kidney disease, HIV, palliative care, spina bifida, etc.

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