Occupational Therapy.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy helps to prevent or minimize problems that interfere with a person’s ability to function around the house, at work/school, and within the community.

Why would someone see an Occupational Therapist (OT)?

Individuals who struggle with physical abilities (strength, balance, coordination) or mental abilities (memory, coping strategies, organizational skills) can benefit from seeing an OT who can recommend a preventative or corrective action so that individuals can feel more productive and satisfied in their lives.

What symptoms would be addressed by an OT?

  • Printing/Handwriting
  • Self-regulation
  • Social thinking
  • Executive function skills
  • Fine motor skills development
  • Relaxation strategies
  • Anger management
  • Coping strategies
  • Sleep consultation and coaching
  • Self-management skills

Megan Land McCarthy, (B.Sc. OT), is our Occupational Therapist and is an integral member of the Safe Harbour team.

Megan Land McCarthy

Occupational Therapist (OT), Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner

What would an appointment look like?

A session with an OT would start with an assessment to gauge physical, emotional, social, and environmental factors contributing to your life situation.

For children it would include:

  • Coordination/Motor skills Assessment
  • Body Awareness/Core Strength Assessment
  • Self-regulation/Sensory processing Assessment
  • Interoception Assessment
  • Neurodevelopmental Assessment
  • Attention Assessment
  • Assessment of Play Skills
  • Fine Motor Assessment
  • Environmental Assessment
  • ADL/IADL Assessment
  • Goal Attaining Scaling

For adults, the assessment would include:

  • Mental health Assessment
  • Affective / Emotional Assessment
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Goal Attainment Scaling

After the assessment, an OT would help you overcome your situation by providing information, suggesting activities/adaptive materials to use, or making changes in your environment so that you can improve or maintain the capacity to live your life.

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