“Occupational therapy is defined as the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings. Occupational therapy services are provided for the purpose of promoting health and wellness and to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life” – (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2004).

 

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists are experts at analysing the performance skills and patterns necessary for people to engage in their everyday activities in the context in which those activities and occupations occur. The occupational therapist assumes responsibility for the delivery of all occupational therapy services and for the safety and effectiveness of
occupational therapy services provided.

 

Occupational Therapy Technicians

The Occupational Therapy Technician assists in the development and Implementation of Occupational Therapy programmes planned by Occupational Therapist. The OT Technician works under minimal or no supervision in the implementation of Occupational Therapy programmes. He or she may assess patient progress and request changes in the therapy programme.

 

Occupational Therapy Assistants

The Occupational Therapy Assistant assists the Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Technician in the implementation of a planned program of care for the patient/client. He or she may only carry out occupational therapy procedures under supervision of a therapist or technician.

 

Resources

Occupational therapy Career Leaflet

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