As an occupational therapist, I often come into contact with children, young people and adults who have difficulty with certain skills, which means that they can no longer live, work or manage household tasks the way they would like to or have always done.
The obstacles they face may be physical, sensory, mental or emotional, or a combination.
We always start with the DREAM that this person and/or their partner or parent(s) request. Together we look at the obstacles our client is facing and how we can help to make the dream or development a reality.
The aim is to enable our client to gain or regain as much independence as possible in every situation they face.
As occupational therapists, we believe that we need to do this based on our client’s own contribution and potential. We work with them (and perhaps with their partner or parents as well) to work out a treatment programme.
We aim for our client to be able to do the most normal, everyday tasks again, perhaps with certain adjustments.
We practice these activities with the client in familiar surroundings (at home, at our practice, at school, at work etc.) – in other words, we provide individually tailored therapy!