Mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy
Statement of Mission
The Department of Occupational Therapy at Helping Hand Institute Of Rehabilitation Sciences
aspires to prepare occupational therapists skilled in providing humanistic, holistic and evidence-
based services to a diversity of individuals, communities and populations. Consistent with the
Islamic traditions of The Riphah University, future occupational therapists are educated in the
liberal arts and are encouraged to practice their profession guided by intellectual, moral, and ethical
values embedded in a framework of social justice. Life-long learning and the ongoing pursuit of
knowledge and wisdom are facilitated through active mentorship, guided reflection and
contemplation in action.

What is Occupational Therapy?
This is question you will undoubtedly be asked countless times. It is important for students and
professionals alike to have an accurate, foundational definition- and to be able to articulate that
definition when the question inevitably arises. Toward that end the following definition is provided.
You will better understand (and be able to express) the profession of occupational therapy as you
gain academic, clinical and professional experiences. While your understanding of occupational
therapy will broaden and deepen, the following definition will remain at the core. You will find it
helpful to explore this definition in light of the profession’s history, literature and your own
experiences.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association
Occupational therapists… help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and
need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common
occupational therapy interventions include… Services typically include:

Clinical setup Provides

  • Helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations
  • Helping people recovering from injury to regain skills
  • Providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes

Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • An individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist
    determine the person’s goals.
  • Customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and
    reach goals
  • An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the
    intervention plan
  • Comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace,
    school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and
    education for family members and caregivers.

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting
the environment to fit the person; the person is an integral part of the team.

View of Humanity
The Department of Occupational Therapy at HHIRS advocates a holistically conceptualized, person-
centered approach, which is based on the view of the individual as the center of focus in therapy.
Inherent in this approach is the belief that the person (a complex dynamic, adaptive system) is
capable of self-direction, regardless of ability or disability. Additionally, the Department holds the
fundamental belief that one’s environment forms the context of human functioning. We consider
environmental context to include not only one’s familial, emotional, spiritual and community
connections.

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