What is Occupational Therapy and is it right for me?

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You’ve probably heard the words ‘OT’ being used a lot when talking about the NDIS but are unsure what exactly it refers too – OT stands for Occupation Therapist. These are trained individuals who are skilled in a different number of areas including rehabilitation, mental health, pain management, and disability support. 

Their role is to treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working. They are here to help you manage your day to day living, and help you work towards achieving independence.  

What is Occupational Therapy? 

Occupational Therapists are there to assist you in identifying interested and goals, build and manage daily routines and adapt daily tasks to make them easier to perform for you. They also will assist outside of the home by finding activities in the community of your interest and assist you in. 

Individuals of any age or disability may require the use of an Occupation Therapist. They provide support in gaining independence but also provide support and assessment across a range of uses the NDIS including vehicle modifications, finding and using assistive technology, housing modifications, mobility training and whole life personal planning. 

Is an OT right for me? 

Trained Occupational Therapists work in a variety of spaces and can help you manage your day to day living and improve your accessibility in the home and community. Some individuals require ongoing use of an OT to learn coping mechanisms for daily living, others simply need an OT assessment when purchasing a new vehicle. 

If you’re deciding whether you require an Occupational Therapist, the best course of action is to talk to your doctor, nurse or other health or social care professionals can help decide if it might be suitable for your needs. If they agree they will provide a referral and then you can begin contacting OT’s for a face to face meeting to see how they can be of assistance. 

You can use your NDIS funding for Occupational Therapy if it is available in your NDIS plan. Speak to your Plan Manager or refer to the Pricing Catalogue for more information. 

You can find Occupational Therapists who work in the home on tappON. You can reach out via the platform and begin the conversation today, no referral required. Visit https://tappon.co to see who is available in your area. To find out more about Occupational Therapists visit https://www.otaus.com.au/To speak with a tappON member to see how OT and tappON can support you & help meet your goals email us today at info@tappon.co or call on 02 9158 6163

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