Refugee and Immigrant Occupational Therapy (R.I.O.T)

Occupational therapy for refugees and immigrants is a re-emerging field and goes back to the roots of occupational therapy practice. Occupational therapists recognize that health is supported and maintained best when the individual is able to engage and participate in the daily activities that are most meaningful to them. These meaningful tasks are categorized as the person’s everyday activities that they need to do, have to do, or want to do in the home, school, workplace, or community (Estrany et al. 2021). Utilizing therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations), occupational therapists strive to improve physical, emotional, or mental health during their resettlement process. 

Who are Occupational Therapists? 

“OTs are licenced practitioners who help people of all ages to participate in the things they need to do, want to do, or have to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).” 

What is Occupational Therapy? 

The therapeutic use of everyday life occupations (the things we all do) with persons,groups, or populations (i.e., the client) for the purpose of enhancing or enabling participation….”

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