What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is the treatment and management of physical and psychological conditions through specific activities or techniques.
These activities and techniques range from daily living tasks to the usage of highly complex equipment.
What do Occupational Therapists do?
Occupational therapists treat those who are physically impaired to recover their lost functions if their disability is temporary. They also devise alternative ways of performing tasks if the disability is permanent.
With the mentally ill, occupational therapists devise treatments that:
- break down the psycho-social barriers causing their disturbed behaviours
- overcome the patients' lack of confidence
- come to terms with their irrational fears, anxieties and difficulties in relationship with others
Is Occupational Therapy for me?
Choose a career in occupational therapy if you want to work in a wide range of clinical environments e.g. paediatrics, elderly care, orthopaedics, psychiatry, people suffering from learning disabilities.