This therapy focuses on promoting health and wellbeing of users through a new occupation, enabling them to participate in daily activities and to perform tasks that enhance their ability to participate in situations of everyday life, modifying the environment to reinforce their participation in order to achieve independence and greater autonomy possible for them.
Occupational therapy is performed in conjunction with other therapies and at all levels of the rehabilitation process. The occupation takes into account the personal context, spatial, temporal and the environment in which it occurs. Through it, its users get to know themselves, they develop and build their personal and social identity, enabling them to fully participate in society.
Due to lack of information on disability that prevails in rural areas of Guatemala, it is very common for disabled members of a family to be denied the opportunity to participate in family and social dynamics, which includes the possibility to perform activities of daily life in based on the fact that they believe that they are not capable of doing or should be excused to perform such responsibilities, as a result of their disability.
Occupational therapy, provides its users with a routine that promotes their sense of efficiency and the ability to take pride in the execution of their daily activities, as well as a sense of purpose. Also they learn to organize their time effectively, acquire new conceptual, social and practical, roles within the environments of life, school, work and community, physical and mental impairments caused by age or inactivity is slow, and General well-being and improving the quality of life of users is eventually reached.