What is OT?

About the Occupational Therapy (OT)

An Occupational Therapist will identify and assess clients’ difficulties and strengths in carrying out specific tasks or occupations.

"Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement”.

World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)

Occupational Therapist will give professional and experienced advice on assistive equipment and adaptation options available and simplify the experience as it can be complicated knowing, what is available, what is suitable or needed and where to purchase it. In addition, they will see what support or care options are available, and review which activities the service user would like to perform more easily, making recommendations about equipment, adaptations or treatment plans which will help the realisation of a clients end goals to increase independence.

What is Mindful Occupational Therapy?

Mindful Occupational Therapist is about enabling you to maximise your independence and safety in daily activities within your home, work and leisure activities.

Mindful OT is about achieving your full capacity for living through a holistic approach. Mindfulness-based interventions fit well with the strong emphasis on holism within occupational therapy practice (Dale et al., 2002). Specifically, valuing the mind–body whole is a core tenet that distinguishes occupational therapy practitioners from other health care providers (Bing, 1981; Kielhofner, 1995; Wood, 1998).

Mindfulness interventions are frequently used in health care to assist patients in managing pain, stress, anxiety and in targeting additional health, wellness, and quality-of-life outcomes.

The occupational profile guides the selection and depth of mindfulness interventions a therapist uses with his or her client, in keeping with a client-centered approach (Jackman, 2014). If a client finds mindfulness meditation meaningful, the intervention is itself an occupation, improving occupational performance. Mindfulness OT can increase awareness of performance.