World Occupational Therapy Day is held on October 27th around the world. Today, top therapists gather to raise awareness of occupational therapy and its global impact. Professionals work with adults, with children, with the elderly. The results are amazing! We will tell you everything you need to know about this date.
The holiday was founded in 2010. Since then, the date has been celebrated by many countries advocating occupational therapy methods. The World Federation of Occupational Therapists is the international voice of the profession. Around the world, there are about 107 organizations supporting the movement.
The main mission is to help people develop fine motor skills. For many patients, this is simply necessary, for example, after serious injuries that have caused disruptions in the body. Unfortunately, normal household processes are not available to some people. It could be brushing your teeth, getting dressed. Professionals also help develop self-regulation.
Statistics say that there are about 500 professional therapists on the planet who are ready to help at any time. They work not only in hospitals, schools, hospices, but also with home visits. Especially a large number of specialists in the USA, Italy, Costa Rica, Ireland, Australia, Canada.
- Eleanor Clark Slagle is considered the founder of occupational therapy in America: she offered training in work skills and outlined her approach;
- the first program was opened in 1915 in Chicago;
- specialists help in modifying a home to meet the specific requirements of a person, and also fight against depressive moods of the population;
- ordinary monotonous things help relieve anxiety: needlework, gardening, embroidery, drawing.
How to celebrate
Find out about events in your city and take part in the events! Thank the therapists you know, send them postcards or tasty surprises. Find out about all the areas that specialists are engaged in. Spread the word on social media using the #WorldOccupationalTherapyDay hashtag.
When is World Occupational Therapy Day celebrated in 2022?
World Occupational Therapy Day is observed on October 27 each year.