Occupational Therapy has been recognized as a profession for 100 years. Yet, Occupational Therapists still struggle with people’s perception of what we do and the scope of services that we can provide.
The word ‘Occupational’ in our name can be confusing. If you consider that Occupational Therapists can assist individuals of all ages with their ability to engage in any of life’s activities or “occupations,” then the name becomes easier to understand.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. “Occupational Therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities or occupations. Occupational Therapists enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest.”
As Occupational Therapists, we are always looking at how the individual is occupying their time. What is their primary role? We also like to think about engaging in “Occupation through Activity.” As Occupational Therapists we try to find activities to engage in that are both meaningful and purposeful to the person. We have found that individuals who see the purpose of the activity find things more meaningful and are therefore more motivated to perform.
At Transitions Steps to Success we hope to engage you in activities that are meaningful and purposeful so that you can make successful transitions and launch satisfying, healthy, and fulfilling lives!