What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?
Occupational therapists are trained to help people develop skills and promote independence through the use of meaningful activities. The occupational therapist (OT) may provide direct services to clients through assessments and treatment. They also provide indirect services to individual clients and organizations through consultation, mediator training, education, program development, case management, and advocacy. The occupational therapists are employed in a variety of settings –
☆ Mental Health Centers.
☆ Nursing Homes.
☆ Rehabilitation Hospitals.
☆ Public Schools
☆ Colleges and Universities
☆ Home Health Agencies
☆ General Hospitals
☆ Private Practice
☆ Developmental Centers.
Occupational therapists use every day activities as a means of helping people to achieve independence. Some tasks performed by an occupational therapist are:
# Aid the growth and development of premature babies.
# Enhance learning environments of physically challenged school children.
# Adapt home environments for people dealing with the effects of a stroke, aging, heart disease or other long-term conditions.
# Assess geriatric clients and design activities to promote maximum functioning.
# Rehabilitate clients after injury or illness.
# Analyze job task requirements for an injured worker.
# Conduct research to measure the effectiveness of treatment activities.
The university of British Columbia’s Master’s of Occupational Therapy students made a video to tell all, what occupational therapist’s do. Check out the video.
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