Occupational Therpists | Disability & Learning Support Service

Occupational Therapy (OT) Support

Areas the OTs can focus on with students

What is OT Support?

The Occupational Therapists (or OTs for short!) support students to manage the occupations and activities of student life.

Students who want to enhance their academic performance, general well-being, time management or communication skills can be referred to Occupational Therapy by their Disability Officer. The OTs meet students one-to-one and deliver groups and workshops for students throughout the year.

“OT Support helped me to stay on track with my college work and maintain a healthy work-life balance, which is so important. I think my favourite thing about OT was how comprehensive and holistic the service was. I would wholeheartedly recommend the service.”  Psychology Student

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being, and enabling people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupation includes: looking after yourself (self-care), enjoying your life and being with others (leisure and social life) and being productive (for example college or work activities).

Occupational Therapists work in lots of different health and social care settings. Here in DCU, the role of Occupational Therapy is to support students to manage their college activities, solve problems and build skills. 

Areas of Focus

The OTs typically work with students who are having some difficulty in some of these areas:

 Academic Performance
  • Attending lectures
  • Managing college work
  • Organisation
  • Concentration
  • Assignment and study skills
  • Placement
  • Exam preparation
 Time Management
  • Managing deadlines
  • Managing procrastination
  • Prioritising and planning
  • Balanced routine
  • Stress Management
  • Motivation
  • Leisure
  • Confidence
  • Managing mood, anxiety and energy
  • Relaxation
  • Sleep
  • Friendships
  • Getting involved in clubs and societies
  • Group Work
  • Presentations
  • Assertiveness 


What to Expect

OT Support is student-centred - that means meetings are driven by the student. The OT and student work together to come up with individually tailored strategies and ideas. Occupational Therapy is more of a ‘doing’ therapy than a talking therapy, so a typical session will be practical and action-focused.

At the initial meeting, the OT will:

  • Explain OT in more detail and explore what you would like to get from the meeting(s)
  • Talk to you about your college routine, interests, supports, and strengths
  • Explore any difficulties that may be arising for you in college

For whatever you choose to work on, the OT will work with you to:

  • Set a goal to improve the situation
  • Work together on some strategies to try out
  • Review how the strategies worked

Some students attend for a once-off session, others for a few sessions and others use OT throughout the year. 


“OT visits were paramount to my success in final exams, as well as CA throughout the semester. I would highly recommend this service to any person in need of help with work or exams. My experience was super duper.” Physics Student

“I had a wonderful experience using Occupational Therapy Support at DCU. I began using Occupational Therapy Support after finding myself unable to balance my academics, my social life, my work life and dealing with a new diagnosis. The OT helped me to prioritise and get organised. We discussed the things that I felt were holding me back and set goals and objectives to make things more attainable. The OT then reached out to me to arrange another appointment to review my objectives, celebrate the achievements/adjustments and to set further goals to help me take things back into my own hands. The service was exactly what I needed.” Business Student


Individualised OT Support is available to students registered with the Disability and Learning Support Service (DLSS). If you’re interested in using OT Support, you can contact your Disability Officer, call into the DLSS Office or email otsupport@dcu.ie

Email: disability.service@dcu.ie Phone: (01) 700 5927



Third Level Access is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020”.

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