The occupational therapist is a health professional whose interventions aim at supporting the development, the adaptation, the maintenance and the actualization of the potential of individuals in order to help them accomplish meaningful activities in their life contexts. Thus, the occupational therapist plans, applies and supervises activity programs designed for people living with physical or mental impairments, both permanent and temporary. These activity programs are ultimately intended to improve daily life autonomy and facilitate social integration.
Occupational therapy interventions favour the use of activity in all its forms (artistic, playful, work-related, domestic, etc.). They play an important role in the prevention of functional problems and contribute to the promotion of public health.
Occupational therapy is meant to help people of all ages, from newborns to seniors. Occupational therapists can assist individuals, families, groups of individuals, community organizations or companies. They work in the various institutions of the public health sector, in schools and in the private sector.