Teaching Skills for Everyday Living
Occupational Therapy (also known as OT) is an allied health profession that focuses on teaching people the skills they need to be independent in their activities for everyday living. OT applies a holistic approach, treating the person not the diagnosis, in hopes that clients can live life to the fullest.
Occupational Therapy is concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The term “occupation” means “activity.” Occupational Therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation.
OT serves the physical, mental, emotional, and social needs of people will all different types of illnesses, injuries and disabilities in a wide variety of settings. The practice of Occupational Therapy can greatly vary according to the setting and clientele.
At New Horizons Academy, we serve children and adults of all ages who, for whatever reason, may be facing challenges carrying out their activities of daily living. These activities are commonly categorized under the following areas:
- Productivity (i.e. school or work)
- Leisure and play
- Rest and sleep
Barriers to participation in these areas of life may be due to physical or cognitive challenges, developmental delay, aging, injuries or surgery, and social and emotional issues. In these activities or areas of occupation, Occupational Therapy can assist to address issues at school, home or work which may be impacting someone’s day to day function.
Occupational Therapy sessions at NHA are fun and engaging, using modern and interactive play and therapy equipment. Our goal is to collaborate with families and teachers to better serve the needs of you and/or your child.