Occupational Therapy plays a pivotal role in the assessment and treatment of people who experience a neurological illness or trauma.

Occupational therapy is a discipline dedicated to promoting health and rehabilitation through the performance of activities. The aim of occupational therapy is to enable and empower people to improve their functional performance in order to participate in their daily lives, by minimizing the impact of a persons disability.

Occupational therapists might use a range of physical and psychological interventions to include specific remedial treatments focussing on body functions and structures as well as activity focussed goals that might be important to the individual. Occupational therapists may also use or recommend specialist equipment or adaptations to help individuals to overcome barriers to disability particularly in their homes or within the community.

The role of the Occupational Therapist will often span the patient’s pathway from admission to the community where they will provide support and advice for individuals and their families on issues around work, leisure and education.

Occupational therapy is an integral part of the Christchurch Rehabilitation Programme.

- WATCH: Occupational Therapist Kiera Stevenson introduces coping strategies for those living with fatigue following a brain injury. Managing fatigue is an important part of recovery and rehabilitation and fatigue is different to feelings of tiredness.

- WATCH: Occupational Therapist Dawn Arthur discusses the challenges in terms of sex and sexuality that can face individuals following a brain injury.