What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) is a science degree-based, health and social care profession, regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). Occupational therapy takes a “whole-person approach” to mental and physical health and wellbeing and enables people to achieve their full potential.
Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages who have difficulty managing their everyday life occupations such as taking care of themselves or others, working, participating in education, leisure interests and social events.
Whether it is due to a:
- Medical condition – for example, rheumatoid arthritis,
- Developmental delay, for example, a sensory processing disorder
- Disability – for example, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), acquired brain injury
- Mental health condition – for example, bipolar disorder, depression
An occupational therapist is trained to assess and identify the strengths and difficulties a person may have during daily life activities and will explore practical solutions to enable them to gain independence.
Occupational Therapists work with people individually or in groups and in various settings, including health organisations, residential care or supported living, education, voluntary organisations, or independent practitioners.
How can an occupational therapist help me?
An occupational therapist can carry out a range of assessments to help identify what is impacting your ability to function independently in everyday life.
Assessments may include:
- Observation of you doing functional tasks in your home, school, workplace or other environments
- Standardised assessments of your physical abilities like strength, balance and coordination or your cognitive abilities like memory, coping strategies, organisational skills
An occupational therapist can also assess the physical set up of your home, classroom or community setting as well as the social and emotional support you have or may need.
The occupational therapist will then work collaboratively with you to identify your goals and develop an evidence-based plan of intervention to help you maintain, regain or improve your independence. This may involve learning and practising a new way of doing something, using specific strategies, changing your environment or using new equipment.
Challenge occupational therapists can help with:
- fine motor skills
- visual-perceptual skills
- cognitive (thinking) skills
- sensory-processing problems
- Chronic pain management
Who do we help?
We provide occupational therapy services for:
- People with disability
- Children and adolescents, including children in out of home care
- Parents and carers
Where does Challenge provide occupational therapy?
We have online telehealth appointments available as well as face-to-face at our clinics or in your own home.
We currently provide Occupational Therapy services in NSW, including the Central Coast and Newcastle region.