Occupational Therapy focuses on helping young people engage meaningfully in everyday activities. It aims to promote maximum independence and quality of life for the young person. . Occupational Therapist’s (OT’s) believe that active engagement in meaningful activity helps to prevent/overcome illness.
The OT is interested in all the activities you do in your day (self care, school/work or leisure activities) and the balance between these, they will look at what supports or prevents your participation in activities you need or want to do. If needed the OT will carry out assessments to determine the underlying reasons why a young person is not performing as they wish to.
OT intervention will focus on developing the skills you need to successfully participate in the various activities and environments in which you choose to or need to engage in and facilitating your return to meaningful activities when you leave the Unit. OT is a doing kind of therapy so you will be involved in individual or group activities on the Unit designed to foster self esteem and teach practical skills that will support recovery and resilience.