Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy aims to improve your ability to do everyday tasks if you're having difficulties.

How to get occupational therapy

You can get occupational therapy free through the NHS or social services, depending on your situation.

You can:

You can also pay for it yourself. The Royal College of Occupational Therapists lists qualified and registered occupational therapists.

How occupational therapy can help you

Occupational therapy can help you with practical tasks if you:

  • are physically disabled

  • are recovering from an illness or operation

  • have learning disabilities

  • have mental health problems

  • are getting older

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and can look at all aspects of daily life in your home, school or workplace.

They look at activities you find difficult and see if there's another way you can do them.


What do occupational therapists do?

An occupational therapist's job is to help people of all ages to overcome any permanent loss or lack of physical, sensory, mental or communication function.

Their aim is to help people improve their ability to function as independently as possible so that they can participate in whatever activities are meaningful and important to them. Occupational therapists do this mainly by identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in normal daily life.

Whilst occupational therapy services are available free of charge from the NHS and social services, the independent occupational therapists listed in the directory hosted on this website will charge a fee for their services. Independent occupational therapists usually provide services that are not available from the NHS or social services and/or have no waiting lists.

Aids and adaptions

Occupational therapists help people with disabilities to choose and use special equipment like wheelchairs and aids for mobility, eating, dressing or any other activity. They also help to adapt people’s homes and workplaces to accommodate their individual needs.


Developing skills

Occupational therapists can also help their clients to improve basic skills like motor functions or reasoning abilities so that they can perform essential activities like dressing, cooking or work and leisure activities like using a computer. For example, they might help clients use physical exercises to improve strength or dexterity, mental exercises to overcome difficulties with memory, or special exercises to help overcome sensory or communication problems.


Modifying tasks

Occupational therapists can help people by designing new ways for them to perform the tasks or leisure activities they need or want to do. Or they can advise people on alternative methods, techniques or tools they can use to achieve what they want to achieve.

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