Occupational therapists are university-trained professionals who help people overcome limitations caused by injury or illness, psychological or emotional problems, developmental delay, intellectual disability or physical disability. In their work with children, they particularly help those with fine motor and eye-hand coordination problems.
Their work is mostly focused on children and adults whose participation in everyday life is limited in some way, and their goal is to help them learn independent living skills.
Occupational therapists also examine environmental (physical, social or legislative) factors in an individual's life. They identify anything that makes the individual's life difficult and work towards improving those conditions.