Occupational Therapy

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Occupational therapy may help you if you have problems coping with everyday routines. If you have difficulties in the following, you may be referred to an assessment by an occupational therapist:

  • Limited functional capacity due to disability, illness or aging, which makes it possible for the customer to copy with daily activities at home or in the nearby surroundings (e.g., dressing, cooking, or transacting outside the home is impossible)
  • Difficulties in planning, beginning, progressing and finishing activities (e.g., making coffee or cooking)
  • Pain limits daily activities to a significant extent.
  • Customers discharging from hospital and needing rehabilitation or a control appointment who have neurological or difficult disabilities or who need medical rehabilitation.


  • Guidance and counseling
  • Therapy and guidance appointments (including remote consultation and therapy)
  • Group-form rehabilitation
  • Assessment of coping at home
  • Assessing the need for housing alteration work and technical aids in the customer's home environment
  • Assessing the need for small technical aids (e.g., those related to dressing and taking meals)
  • Assessing the need for upper limb orthosis.
  • Rehabilitation assessments of KELA or insurance company customers with severe disabilities, unless their care is the responsibility of specialized care.
  • Expert services (e.g., education and consultation services).

Occupational therapy for children and the young

Occupational therapy may be beneficial if a child

  • has difficulties in coping with age-appropriate everyday activities such as eating, dressing and manual skills
  • uncertain or clumsy mobility
  • learning difficulties, concentration difficulties or scant play skills
  • problems with relationships with friends

You need a referral to occupational therapy for children, which you can get, for instance, from a counseling bureau nurse. After receiving the referral, you can contact an occupational therapist.

The occupational therapist always assesses the need for rehabilitation on an individual basis. The assessment charts the different areas of the child’s development as well as factors affecting them. Based on the assessment, the occupational therapist will compile a potential further plan together with the guardians.

The goals and methods of occupational-therapy rehabilitation will be chosen on the basis of the child's individual needs. The methods applied consist of, for instance, games, play or creative activities. Rehabilitation may take place individually or in a group.

Occupational therapy is free of charge.

Occupational therapy for adults

Occupational therapy benefits people with difficulties in coping with daily activities. Functional abilities may diminish due to, for example, disability, disease or age.

In occupational therapy, a professional will search for solutions to everyday challenges—such as dressing, cooking and transacting—together with you.

Occupational therapy may consist of, for example

  • practicing daily activities
  • finding new operating methods to cope with everyday living
  • planning house-renovation work, if required
  • assessing the need for technical aids and upper limb orthoses, and counseling about their use

Customers can seek occupational therapy at their own or a relative or friend’s initiative. Very often customers receive a referral to occupational therapy from Services for the Disabled, Home Care, or other health-care employees.

Occupational therapy is free of charge.