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Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists

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Occupational Therapists

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Assess, plan, and organize rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays. Use therapeutic techniques, adapt the individual’s environment, teach skills, and modify specific tasks that present barriers to the individual.

Working conditions

Tasks

1.Test and evaluate patients’ physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
2.Complete and maintain necessary records.
3.Plan, organize, and conduct occupational therapy programs in hospital, institutional, or community settings to help rehabilitate those impaired because of illness, injury or psychological or developmental problems.
4.Plan and implement programs and social activities to help patients learn work or school skills and adjust to handicaps.
5.Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.
6.Evaluate patients’ progress and prepare reports that detail progress.
7.Train caregivers in providing for the needs of a patient during and after therapy.
8.Lay out materials such as puzzles, scissors and eating utensils for use in therapy, and clean and repair these tools after therapy sessions.
9.Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
10.Design and create, or requisition, special supplies and equipment, such as splints, braces, and computer-aided adaptive equipment.
11.Recommend changes in patients’ work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
12.Develop and participate in health promotion programs, group activities, or discussions to promote client health, facilitate social adjustment, alleviate stress, and prevent physical or mental disability.
13.Provide training and supervision in therapy techniques and objectives for students or nurses and other medical staff.
14.Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination, and perceptual skills, using computer programs.
15.Conduct research in occupational therapy.
16.Advise on health risks in the workplace or on health-related transition to retirement.

Top Skills

  • Reading Comprehension.
  • Instructing.
  • Writing.
  • Speaking.
  • Active Listening.
  • Critical Thinking.
  • Persuasion.
  • Learning Strategies.
  • Monitoring.
  • Judgment and Decision Making.
  • Complex Problem Solving.
  • Service Orientation.
  • Social Perceptiveness.
  • Time Management.
  • Coordination.
  • Management of Personnel Resources.
  • Negotiation.
  • Active Learning.
  • System evaluation.
  • Operation analysis.
  • System analysis.
  • Mathematics.

Programs

Bachelor degree in Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions , Occupational Therapy , Health Services , Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies

Average Salary‚Äč

11400/ Month

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