Occupational therapists work in multiple capacities to help people both physically and mentally recover from both physical injury, mental trauma, and health issues. They realize that by engaging in purposeful tasks, people in a state of recovery can often affect positive outcomes that allow them to achieve or-re-achieve independence, gain new skills, find a new productive activity or activities they enjoy, and socially participate within a community.
With children, occupational therapy can help aid in daily activities, as well as improve performance in school and in play.
In terms of helping people with mental illness, occupational therapy can help individuals develop skills that can help them live their lives to the fullest by helping them engage in everyday living, healthy routines, activities they enjoy, and social skills. For example, people who suffer from anxiety can help minimize the impact of the anxiety In their lives and manage the condition by focusing on future goals and personal development.
Some skills that may be encouraged by an occupational therapist could be paper crafting, taking sensory nature walks, exercise, scale modeling, drawing, or learning to cook a new meal. There are many other activities as well to aid in wellness and mobility.
Whatever the occupational task is, the aim of occupational therapy is to help remove obstacles that may otherwise impede social, emotional, and/or physical wellbeing or ability in individuals, allowing them to pursue their best possible lives with enjoyment, creativity, and meaningful productive activities.