What is Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy? It is an evidence based health science which focuses on meaningful occupation -things you do that have meaning or value to you. These things can range from mundane every day tasks like brushing your teeth or getting dressed, to work or study, eating, cooking, paying bills to what you do for fun or to relax. Literally anything that occupies your time! If humans do it, it is an occupation.

We use occupation therapeutically or help you carry out your meaningful occupations should you be impeded by a disability, illness, injury or life event or if you're just having a hard time.

We are person centred, which means that we approach each person as an individual. You, as a unique human being get to decide what is meaningful and important to you and it is up to us to help you experience this in an accessible way Occupational therapy is for all people, in all environments, throughout all stages of life because all humans are Occupational beings

Our association in Ireland is Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland - AOTI
We are regulated by CORU
And World wide, we are under the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)

About Author

Katie Kerley
Katie is from Dundalk and trained as an occupational therapist in Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2008. Katie is the clinic director and supervises the occupational therapy team. She frequently acts as clinical educator for student occupational therapists both from Ireland and abroad.