'Doing, Being, Becoming and Belonging.’
The process of doing tasks within and together with people in our community is an essential part of who we are. This process has 4 essential components:
The Occupational Therapist:
Because of the great value of participation in all these elements, the occupational therapist focuses on ways to facilitate and enhance a child’s participation in all aspects of his everyday life. By working with the family, we can explore how successful the child is in his participation and how we can build on his participation.
Occupational therapists focus on the child’s activities of daily living, which can be broken down into a few groups:
Looking after themselves (This includes feeding/eating, dressing, toileting, looking after their clothes/belongings, managing pocket money...)
Attending and being successful in school related tasks (This includes academics such as reading, writing and maths, as well as organising themselves, taking down notes/homework, mixing with other students, following instructions...)
Play & Leisure (This includes the development of play skills, range of interests, interaction with others during play...)
Within each of these groups, countless skills are necessary to ensure successful participation. Here are just a few:
Occupational therapists will help build on these skills to facilitate the child’s ability to participate. Where appropriate, OTs will work with other therapists to address the child’s needs. OTs will also look at changes to the child’s environment that can be made to facilitate participation.