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Associates: of Private Practice

A Model for Community Occupational Therapy

The idea for Comm. O.T. began with five independent occupational therapists who were frustrated by their restrictive hospital settings. They were not able to follow-up their discharge patients adequately when they were forced to cope with the realities of daily living in their homes and their communities. These five therapists perceived a role evolving for community health workers who would assist individuals to develop the life skills needed to survive in a large complex bustling city like Toronto. It seemed crucial that someone should work with individuals in their own environments to discover their physical and psycho-social needs and to develop ways of satisfying them. Occupational therapists with their training and expertise in using activity to improve function to develop confidence, and to promote integrated activity, were ideal for filling this role.