Occupational therapy is involved with assessing, diagnosing and treating psychiatric and physical disabilities. It is the role of the occupational therapist to maximise an individual's ability to function independently within society and in their everyday activities.
What is Occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy is a healthcare discipline involved in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions. The main aim of occupational therapy is to prevent / lessen the impact a disability is having on an individual and to maximise their ability to function independently in their everyday lives.
What is an Occupational therapist and what do they do?
Occupational therapists are health professionals. They are fully trained and HPC (health professions council) registered. Occupational therapists assess, diagnose and treat physical and psychiatric conditions. It is the role of the occupational therapist to lessen the impact an individual's disability is having on their daily living and to support and promote their independent functioning of everyday living.
Occupational therapists work with both adults and children of all ages and abilities in a number of areas of discipline, these can include:
- Learning difficulties
- Equipment / adaptations for daily living
- Research posts
- Mental health
- care management
Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals and in the community. Common settings occupational therapists work in include:
- Educational environments
- Patient's homes
- Community centres and clinics
- Pre-school settings
- Nursing / residential homes
- Hospitals and GP practises
- Private clinics
- Public sector departments
- Charities and voluntary organisations
How do occupational therapists treat Autistic Spectrum Disorders and other related conditions?
Occupational therapist can assess, diagnose and treat the many difficulties experienced by individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other related conditions. Due to the wide variation of difficulties experienced by individuals with ASD, the type of treatment approach adopted will be different for each individual.
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