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What is an Occupational Therapist?


Petrea Glover, Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists help children achieve their developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and educate and involve parents, carers and others to facilitate the normal development and learning of children.


Occupational therapists are qualified health professionals who work with people of all ages and abilities to do the things they need and want to in all aspects of life, such as taking care of oneself and others, working, volunteering, and participating in hobbies, interests and social events.  Occupational therapists call these things “occupations”.

The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the occupations of everyday life.


Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession that involves ongoing assessments to understand what occupations are important to you, any current issues you may have in doing them, and understanding your goals.  Occupational therapists will then work on any or all of the following to ensure you can participate in the occupations you need and want to do – enhancing your own personal life skills, adjusting the environment you do your occupations in, and adjusting the occupation itself.

Occupational therapists are experts in the relationships between what people do and their health and well-being, and work with people to help make every day living easier.


(information from Occupational Therapy Australia)

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