Occupational Therapists work with people across their life span to help them achieve what they want and need to do to improve their everyday quality of life.
From birth to old age, an Occupational Therapist can assist with overcoming the effects of disability and illness, by working together with the individual to look at the challenges preventing their independence.
Some examples of work that Occupational Therapists are typically involved with are: -
Assessing children’s sensory and motor development and working towards skill acquisition;
Assessing environmental restrictions in people’s homes, schools, workplaces and advising on adaptations to maximise independence and ease care;
Assessing the individual’s need for specialist equipment such as specialist seating, beds and bathing equipment;
Assessing and treating cognitive difficulties;
Working with the individual to identify new and fulfilling interests and develop leisure activities;
Working with the whole team involved in a person’s rehabilitation to ensure therapy aims are relevant and attainable.
By working together to achieve goals, Advance Occupational Therapist’s look at ‘what matters to you’ not ‘what is the matter with you’.