Occupational Therapy

 

Occupational Therapy (OT) is concerned with the connection between the activities people pursue for self-care, productivity, leisure and their overall health and well-being. Health is veiwed in occupational therapy as more than the absence of disease, and is strongly influenced by what people do in everyday life (CAOT, 2002). Occupational therapists share the belief that engagement in activities, which provide a mix of challenging and acheivable tasks, promotes health and well-being among individuals and communities. The OT sector strives to incorporate innovative and and creative methods to assist clients achieve balance and a greater sense of well-being in their lives. Occupational therapists work with people who have various differences and limitations in physical, cognitive and emotional functioning. The benefit of combining circus and occupational therapy lies in the ability to enable increased function in these areas with activities focusing on coordination, body awareness, teamwork, problem solving, perseverance, fitness, strength, and life skills acquisition.

 

Holistic Circus Therapy pioneers the use of circus within the field of occupational therapy for various of populations. The initiatives include mental health, functional capacity, motor control, sensory integration, developmental disability, community development, international outreach, Indigenous Australian, and political asylum seeking backgrounds.

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