Occupations and OT

Using Occupations as Therapy is becoming the new standard or “goal” in many adult rehabilitative settings and should not be overlooked in the school setting. Occupations are defined as functional and meaningful activities. Occupations are often activities that the individual participates in for fun (such as a game) or out of necessity (such as getting dressed). When you think of a child’s occupations, they include activities such as getting dressed, brushing teeth, combing hair, going to school, making projects, playing games, and interacting with peers. The occupations of children are different from adult occupations in that with children, the occupations are often prescribed (such as an adult telling the child he must get dressed) rather than selected (as an adult would select to participate in a given hobby).