National OT Week
It’s Occupational Therapy Week this week and we are highlighting the work of our dedicated team. Occupational therapists (OT’s) and occupational therapy assistants (OTA’s) help people of all ages who need specialised assistance, due to physical problems, to participate in the things they want and need to do. They do this by adapting the task or the environment or using occupation as a therapeutic activity. ‘Occupation’ refers to everything that people do during everyday life. Each of us has many occupations that are essential to our health and well-being. Occupational therapists believe that occupations describe who you are and how you feel about yourself. Over the course of this week our OT’s are holding special ‘finger gym’ sessions specifically targeting fine motor skills. The goals of these sessions are to help students to reach their maximum potential in fine motor tasks. To enable students to practice a variety of grasps used in everyday life and explore adaptive strategies. To be able to use both hands together to carry out tasks. To increase hand and finger strength and to assess possible handwriting skills.