OT Week 2016
About OT Week
OT Week is run each year on the week commencing on the third Sunday in October. In 2016 it will be held from Sunday 16 October until Saturday 22 October, inclusive.
OT Week helps promote the many ways occupational therapy can help people at all stages of life to reach their potential.
How can occupational therapy help me to reach my pOTential?
OTs (for short) find ways for you or your family member to do tasks more easily in all parts of your lives. This includes:
- at home
- at work or school
- having fun
- out and about
- being part of the community.
OTs do this through asking and seeing what you can do. When they know about your movement and strength in any particular activity, OTs can give you advice about how best to do something more easily and safely.
OTs can also prescribe, if necessary, devices to help you do the activities you want and need. They will make sure you can use the device in the best way to meet your needs. This means that you will get a total solution and not just a product.
OTs can develop a personal care support profile (including pressure care) to instruct direct care workers about how to safely support you and respect your preferences in your daily life.
Occupational therapists work across a whole range of settings. Some of these include:
Some of the ways that occupational therapy can help people reach their potential are listed below.
Occupational therapy for children
- Prerequisite activities – the child’s physical abilities, such as motor control, hand-to-eye coordination, body awareness and sensation
Functional skills – the child’s day-to-day living skills, such as eating, writing, going to the toilet, interacting with other children and playground skills The environment – such as classroom furniture, classroom and schoolyard access, and equipment for woodwork, art and physical education.
Occupational therapy for young people
Occupational therapy for adults and seniors
Occupational therapy in mental health
Occupational therapy in the workplace Injury management and rehabilitation – including worksite assessments, injury risk assessments, occupational rehabilitation counselling and early intervention rehabilitation Injury prevention – including manual-handling assessments, claims history reviews, ergonomic assessments, development of alternate duties, work-conditioning programs and the redesign of workplaces Training – in areas like stress management, manual handling, back care, safe work practices, the introduction of new equipment, work-station adjustments and developing pause exercises, where you take a break for exercise at work.
More information for consumers
To learn more about how occupational therapy might be able to help you, visit the Therapy Choices website (www.therapychoices.org.au). This contains information that was written for consumers, by consumers.
Or, if you'd like to find an occupational therapist in your local community, click here.