As part of our multi-disciplinary services, Occupational Therapists provide assessment, consultation and intervention to a range of clients. They work closely with fellow staff to create and run a variety of programs and services for children and families. This may include group programs, individual work, consultation, and training.
Occupational Therapists are regulated health care professionals with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). They help people to resume or maintain participation in their self-care, productivity, and leisure activities. They assess the skills of the person, and analyse whether changes are needed in the activity and/or the environment, to help the person be successful in achieving their goals.
Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages – infants to seniors – in many different ways. Here are a few examples:
- Providing equipment suggestions and strategies to increase independence in dressing, when first learning this skill, or when re-learning following an illness or injury.
- Teaching sensory regulation tips and techniques for challenging activities or environments (ex. going to a store, getting a haircut, preparing the body to sleep).
- Recommending exercises and activities to develop fine motor skills (ex. printing skills, scissor skills, hand skills) and gross motor skills (ex. balance, strength, coordination), for participation in everyday activities.
At this time, the Occupational Therapy program at ConnectWell is only accepting referrals for clients with the Ontario Autism Program (up to age 18). To express interest in these services, please register here and follow us on ConnectWell Autism Services on Facebook for up-to-date offerings.
For more information, please call our Carleton Place site at ConnectWell Community Health: 613-257-7121 or toll-free at 1-800-667-2617.