Occupational therapists help people with mental, physical or social disabilities to independently carry out every day tasks or occupations. They work with children and adults of all ages, whose difficulties may have been presence since birth, or the result of an accident, illness, ageing or lifestyle.
Occupational therapists create individual treatment programmes to help people carry out their daily tasks and to do so with more confidence and independence. They may suggest changes to the person’s environment, whether that be at home, work or school, and may introduce the use of equipment which will help with some activities. Occupational therapists review the treatments periodically, evaluate progress and make changes to the treatment as needed.
Occupational therapists work with a diverse range of people who all have different needs. Their aim is to understand each person’s requirements and lifestyle so they can create the best treatment plan for them. The work an occupational therapist carries out may include:
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