What do occupational therapists do?
Here are some examples of the kinds of work that occupational therapists do:
Working with children:
- Helping children achieve their developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
- Educating and involving parents, carers and others to facilitate the normal development and learning of children.
Rehabilitation and aged care:
- Helping clients regain or enhance their daily lives after specific events such as hip replacement or stroke.
- Assessing and modifying clients’ home and community environments to improve their safety and independence.
- Prescribing and educating clients and carers in the use of adaptive equipment to assist function.
- Specialist interventions in various health conditions including surgery, burns, HIV and acute mental health.
- Assessing clients’ cognition, function and psychosocial needs.
- Monitoring clients’ function and progress, prescribing adaptive equipment to ensure safety upon discharge from hospitals.
- Using specialised assessments to determine the functional requirements of various jobs, and clients’ capacity to return to work.
- Designing and coordinating graded return to work programs.
- Educating clients in safe work practices.
- Modifying the work environment to suit the needs of individuals so as to prevent or minimise injuries.
- Designing individual and group programs and activities to enhance clients’ independence in everyday activities.
- Developing coping strategies for clients in overcoming their mental health issues.
- Improving clients’ confidence and self esteem in social situations.