What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a people profession. The main goal of OT is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. OT is all about helping people live life to the fullest. Occupation includes all the things that we need, want or have to do in our daily life, such as taking care of ourselves by eating, dressing and exercising; enjoying ourselves during our leisure activities; working towards our goals in school and college and contributing to society through paid and voluntary work or caring for others. People can be prevented from doing this for lots of reasons, including ill-heath, disability or other obstacles in their environment. OTs focus on enabling individuals to change aspects of their person, the occupation, the environment or some combination of these to enhance occupational participation.
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Where do Occupational Therapists work?
OTs work in a wide range of settings including hospitals, health centres, care homes, schools, prisons, and in the community in people’s homes and workplaces. Some graduates continue their education and choose to work in the area of academia. Graduate often take the opportunity to work and travel abroad. Recent graduates are working in the U.K., the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. Graduate in Ireland gain employment in the Health Service Executive, voluntary organizations and in the private sector.