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  1. Occupational Therapy Patricia Creighton H.B.K., MSc O.T. O.T. Reg. (Ont.)

  2. What is O.T.? • Occupational therapy is the art and science of enabling engagement in everyday living, through occupation; of enabling people to perform the occupations that foster health and well-being; and of enabling a just and inclusive society so that all people may participate to their potential in the daily occupations of life (Townsend& Polatajko, 2007, p. 372). • Allied Health Professional

  3. Definitions • Occupation refers to everything that people do during the course of everyday life. • Self Care, Productivity & Leisure • Occupations describe who we are. • Can be: roles, tasks, activities • Goal of an O.T. is to assist in enabling a person to perform such tasks, despite illness, injury or disease process, facilitate independence. • This can be achieved through teaching, coaching, prescribing equipment, educating

  4. Canadian Model of Occupational Performance & Engagement

  5. For example: • Prescribe equipment or assistive technology to enable a young man live independently after sustaining a SCI • Teach people who have had an elective THA or hip fracture to dress independently within hip movement precautions • Consult in schools to assist children overcome fine motor, gross motor difficulties or prescribe sensory management strategies. • Recommend home modifications to allow an older couple live in their home. • Teach relaxation strategies or coping skills

  6. Where do O.T.s work? • Settings can include hospitals, schools, community health centres workplaces, a client’s home (community practice) • In each setting, O.T. has a different role, practice can look different with same guiding principles. • Multi-Disciplinary Team ** • Physical or Mental Health focus • Can be an employee, independent practitioner, consultant

  7. Educational Requirements • 2010 Master’s level entry • Undergraduate degree with post graduate master’s program – length can vary according to specific school program • Part of education is 1000 hours of supervised fieldwork experience – Placements • After graduation - CAOT Certification Exam • Registration with Provincial Regulatory body (COTO) Professional Organizations

  8. O.T. Programs in Canada • University of BC, Vancouver • University of Alberta, Edmonton • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg • University of Western Ontario, London • McMaster University • University of Toronto • University of Ottawa • Queens University, Kingston • McGill University, Montreal • Laval University, Quebec City • Dalhousie University, Halifax

  9. Want more info? • www.caot.ca • www.otworks.ca • www.osot.ca • pcreighton@kdh.on.ca

  10. Resources • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. (2007). Profile of occupational  therapy practice in Canada. Ottawa, ON: CAOT. • Townsend, E.A. & Polatajko, H. J. (2007). Enabling occupation II: Advancing an    occupational therapy vision for health, well-being & justice through occupation. Ottawa, ON: CAOT