October is National Occupational Therapy Month

September 16, 2020

Every year we celebrate National Occupational Therapy (OT) Month throughout the month of October. This is a time to recognize the important work these health-care professionals do helping Canadians overcome physical, mental and cognitive barriers. With the help of OTs, Canadians can participate fully in the activities that mean most to them.

Occupational therapists help solve problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do everyday things like:

  • Self-care - getting dressed, eating, moving around the house,
  • Being productive - going to work or school, participating in the community, and
  • Leisure activities - sports, gardening, social activities.

Want to learn more about exactly what occupational therapy is? Check out a student-made video “Because of Occupational Therapy.”

In 2020, occupational therapists are helping Canadians cope with the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are working as part of teams rehabilitating COVID-19 patients, while others support patients and clients with strategies and resources to overcome the disruption the pandemic has brought to their everyday lives and emotional well-being.

We are proud to represent occupational therapists in several of our bargaining units. They are a vital part of the health-care team, working alongside nurses, physiotherapists and other health-care professionals, to ensure the best quality of life for their patients and clients.

Learn More

Each October the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists helps celebrate and promote OT with resources, campaigns and events. Check out their website for tips on how you can celebrate National OT month.

Check out the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) website for resources including stories, fact-sheets, professional development opportunities and their Find an OT tool. You can also learn more about how OTs can support Canadians' mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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