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Promoting a “whole” child approach

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At Nhaka Foundation we have been fortunate to partner with the Zimbabwe Association of Occupational Therapists (ZAOT) for our Health Assessment Program and Parenting Meetings this term. We are excited to be working alongside some of the country’s best Occupational Therapists in addressing some of the developmental, physical, psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect the functioning of pupils in different ways. This approach makes O.T. a vital part of health care for most children and children in the communities we are serving who might otherwise not have access to this type of interventions. Occupational therapists apply their specific knowledge to enable people to engage in activities of daily living that have personal meaning and value to them. They also consult with the person and the family or care givers through evaluation and treatment to promote the client’s capacity to participate in satisfying daily activities. The occupational therapist’s goal is to provide the client with skills for the job of living, those necessary to function in the community or in the client’s chosen environment.

Occupational therapy (OT) focuses on promoting and enabling people with physical, sensory, or cognitive limitations to be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. O.T. helps children and adults with various needs to boost their cognitive, physical, sensory, motor skills, increase their self-esteem as well as helping them have a sense of accomplishment. Most people think occupational therapy is meant for adults and not for children, after all, children’s occupations are taken for granted.Contrary to this belief, a child’s main job is playing and learning therefore occupational therapists can evaluate children’s skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities then work with the children to design an intervention that promotes participation and engagement in these meaningful occupations.

 

 

So on behalf of Team Nhaka Happy World Occupational Therapy day!

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