Occupational Therapists believe that participation in occupation can have a positive impact on wellbeing. We talk about occupational performance as a way of describing participation in occupation that supports you to live a safe, healthy and happy life.
We understand that for a person to participate fully there is a connection between 'the person', 'the occupation' and 'the environment'. Each of these elements can have a positive or negative affect on occupational performance and therefore on wellbeing.
We believe that by making changes to any of these elements we can influence participation and wellbeing.
That is how we as a profession think and talk about occupational therapy but what does this mean for children, young people, their families and other professionals that are part of the team around the child?
When we think about 'occupation' we think about the person's job so what does 'occupation' mean for a child or young person? Occupational therapists think about 'occupation' as a wider concept which includes all the activities that you do on a daily basis which keep you safe, healthy and happy.
We talk about 3 different types of occupation
As children grow and develop they need to learn the skills required to look after themselves as adults. A child's work is learning about the world, so instead of talking about work we talk about education. Children learn best through play and play can have an impact on both safety, health and happiness. So under the occupational therapy section the information is organised under the banners of Self Care, Education and Play & Leisure. If your are looking for help with a particular activity of daily living then this is probably the best place to start.
We aim to provide you with high quality learning experiences that develop your clinical skills as appropriate to your profession and stage of training, and extend your enthusiasm for your profession. We believe that students should be treated as adult learners who are capable of taking responsibility for their own learning, and developing colleagues who are able to contribute to professional discussions. All of our departments are working departments and the needs of the services must be the priority. In view of this your programme could change at short notice and will require flexibility if this happens.