Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. (WFOT 2012)
What services do occupational therapists provide in the NDIS?
Occupational therapists are skilled in a number of areas, including mental health, rehabilitation, pain management, driving assessments and paediatrics. They can help you to identify interests and goals, manage daily routines at home and in the community, modify daily tasks to make them easier to perform, and recommend activities that you can participate effectively in.
Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan. They provide a range of supports and services to NDIS participants, including:
- Assistive technology (aids and equipment)
- Home modifications
- Vehicle modifications and driving assessments
- Assessment of personal support needs (personal care)
- Coordinating respite care
- Housing assessments for participants requiring Specialist Disability Accommodation
- Transport assistance
- Orientation and mobility training
- Supported employment evaluation and training services
- Helping children to reach their developmental goals through interventions such as play-based therapy
- Whole of life personal planning