What is Occupational Therapy or Ergotherapy?

My Occupational Therapy World

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Occupational Therapy or Ergo-therapy is defined as: 

A profession concerned with the promotion of health and well-being through occupation. The main goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of daily living. Occupational therapists achieve this result by enabling individuals to perform those tasks that will optimize their ability to participate, or by modifying the environment so that it reinforces participation.

Occupational Therapists have extensive training that provides them with the skills and knowledge to work with those individuals or population groups who are affected by a body structure or function due to a change in health, and who therefore experience limitations in their participation.

Occupational therapy (OT) is practiced in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, health centres, private homes, workplaces, schools, children’s centres and nursing homes. Users are actively involved in the therapeutic process and the outcomes of occupational therapy are diverse, targeted and measured in terms of participation or satisfaction.

Occupational Therapists are dedicated health professionals:

  • Physical
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Geriatric rehabilitation
  • Paediatric
  • Rehabilitation
  • School adaptation and integration
  • Early stimulation
  • Mental Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Drug addiction
  • Psychical disability
  • Traumatology, Prosthetic Training and Orthosis Design
  • Support products, environment adaptation, and computer access
  • Teaching and research
  • Household valuation
  • Valuation and job training
  • Rehabilitation
  • Technology
  • Other fields of therapeutic intervention: social marginalization, social immigration, diabetes, kidney disease, HIV, palliative care, spina bifida, etc.

Working as an Occupational therapist with children with different needs, I have to say I have the best profession in the world. And it is not simply because I work with children or because I am OT, it is because I work with people, families, stories, it is a hard lifestyle but completely rewarding. 

As an Occupational therapist, you can work in so many areas, with different profiles, and at the same time help and learn from others. It is a rewarding, grateful, and fruitful profession.

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