Occupational therapy (OT) focuses on improving an individual’s function or ability to participate in the activities of daily living. For adults, this may include self-care, work-related tasks, leisure activities, or social interactions. OT is also beneficial for people of all ages and abilities who face limitations due to injury, illness, disability, or other life circumstances.
Please note that our occupational therapy services are not a duplication of the services offered by the Home and Community Care Support Services (formerly LHIN or CCAC). Instead, we offer the following services for adults:
Assessment and treatment of sensory processing for adults. This can be related to how parents interact with their children. For example, if a parent avoids sensory input, the child may adopt the same behaviours. It can be harder for these adults to parent children who seek that same kind of input. We also provide sensory processing assessment for neurodiverse adults and adults with developmental delays.
Assessment and treatment of activities of daily living. This includes identifying challenging areas and compensating strategies that can be used or skills that can be developed through engagement in meaningful occupation.
Environmental strategies to address concerns of sensory processing in congregate living situations.
Assessment of visual perceptual, fine, and gross motor skills and compensating strategies or treatment.
What does an occupational assessment look like?
An OT assessment is the first step to assessing individual needs and abilities. The purpose is to identify the underlying reason behind the specific challenges and develop strategies to improve overall function and abilities according to specific goals.
Some assessments can be completed online, while others take place in person.
What can I expect from occupational therapy?
Following an assessment, we develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses specific needs and functional goals. Some common therapy approaches include:
Direct therapy and activity-based intervention to help individuals better process sensory input, develop motor skills, or enhance functional activities of daily living.
Education and training to better understand how to meet or compensate for needs.
Adaptive equipment, technology, and environmental modifications.
At-home activities and programming to support the functional goals.
In summary, OT is a personalized therapy that considers the whole person and helps individuals achieve greater independence, participate more fully in daily activities, and function to the best of their abilities.
We also offer occupational therapy for children. Learn more >>