Occupational Therapy helps people with a variety of health challenges participate in daily life to the fullest. We work to understand what is meaningful for each individual and find strategies to help them engage fully in those activities.
Adaptive strategies are responses to activity barriers that make performing an activity easier to complete.
Occupational therapists take into consideration an individual’s abilities, environmental factors and activity demands to aid a client in overcoming barriers and cultivating independence.
Occupations are not just jobs, but also include hobbies, leisure, self-care, and daily activities that enhance one's quality of life and sense of identity.
Occupational therapists seek to find what is important to the client and collaborates with them to set goals for skill development in those areas.
Interventions are based around activities that have been identified as meaningful to the client to promote health and wellness.
Occupational therapy focuses on "what matters to you," not "what's the matter with you." - Lillian, TASC Occupational Therapist
Self-regulation involves monitoring and controlling one’s own feelings, emotions and behaviors.
By learning to self-regulate, a person is better able to deal with frustration, stress, anxiety, or hyperarousal.
Occupational therapists teach and support coping strategies (e.g., relaxation techniques, mindfulness, sensory engagement, monitoring arousal levels) to help individuals optimally engage in their daily lives.