Occupational therapy service
Occupational therapy is the discipline that unites all the other services provided by the Aptitude Ergo Clinic. It is the foundation on which many of our interventions are built and can help you achieve your personal, academic and professional goals. The main goals of occupational therapy are to:
- Encourage individual autonomy;
- Promote healthy activities, routines and lifestyle habits;
- Enable people’s quality of life satisfaction;
- Facilitate maintenance in a living environment, meeting needs and preferences;
- Facilitate social integration in the community (home, daycare, school, work).
At Aptitude Ergo, occupational therapists focus on health promotion and primarily assist people with developmental or physical or mental health problems. Our interventions can even prevent the occurrence of such disorders.
Occupational therapists work with people who do not necessarily have a diagnosis, but have difficulties related to their functioning or social integration.
A medical prescription is not required to use occupational therapy services. These services can be reimbursed by government agencies such as CNESST, SAAQ, IVAQ, insurers, employers or certain employee and family assistance programs.
Occupational therapists can work with clientele of various age groups, from children to seniors. Occupational therapy can also be used for group, organizational and business interventions.
An area of expertise and preferred therapeutic method, activity is at the heart of this service. It is used among other things to promote individual autonomy and improve quality of life.
In short, occupational therapy is an important field for improving functioning and quality of life, the benefits of which are accessible to everyone.
Why use occupational therapy services?
As mentioned above, occupational therapy can be used to improve people’s quality of life or physical or mental condition.
Of course, the challenges will be different depending on the person’s age.
For a young child with a developmental delay resulting from an accident, illness or congenital condition, pediatric ergotherapy can help develop their full potential. It can help treat gross or fine motor problems, sensory modulation difficulties or attention difficulties.
With an assessment, the occupational therapist can determine if the child is delayed in relation to the activities that he or she should capably perform at their age, depending on his or her development. They can also provide targeted interventions when difficulties are discovered.
For children and teenagers
The educational success and social inclusion of a school-aged child or adolescent can be a significant challenge if their progression is slowed by physical or mental health problems or cognitive difficulties.
Occupational therapists can establish an overview of the child or teen’s activities, habits and life routines in their school setting and at home and then make recommendations and develop concrete strategies to maximize their potential and provide them with a better quality of life in their environment (home, school, community). They can also support the child during the most important transitions in their life, such as changing schools. These events can affect the child’s stability and require an adjustment in the routines.
For adults and seniors
An accident, a physical or mental illness, whether episodic, chronic or degenerative, or even normal aging are likely to prevent adults from performing their usual activities.
In these cases, an occupational therapist can help them regain a higher level of independence or achieve higher performance goals through targeted consultations that can be done at home, at work and/or in a clinical setting using functional capability assessment and development programs or a personalized training program.
Occupational therapy, an important discipline
Not just anybody can practice occupational therapy. An occupational therapist must complete postgraduate training, which is to say, a master’s degree.
An occupational therapist has professional autonomy. In fact, they contribute at every stage of the intervention process, namely analyzing service requests, assessing the clientele and developing and implementing an intervention plan.
In addition, any occupational therapist who wants to practice legitimately must be a member of the Ordre professionnel des ergothérapeutes du Québec.
Contact our team to find out which occupational therapy service could improve your condition
As you can see from reading this page, the occupational therapy discipline encompasses many practice areas. We invite you to contact us to find the service that best suits your situation and needs.
We will also be happy to answer all your questions about occupational therapy!