Occupational therapists assess and treat people who, due to illness, injury or circumstance, are limited in their ability to undertake everyday activities. They assist people to regain lost functions, develop their abilities and social skills, as well as maintain and promote independence in their everyday lives to enhance health and wellbeing.
Duties & Tasks
Occupational therapists may perform the following tasks:conduct tests to assess functional, emotional, psychological, developmental and physical capabilitiesplan and direct specific therapeutic programmes for individuals using recreational, remedial, social, educational or vocational (job-related) activitiesselect and design activities that improve an affected movement or function and help individuals to regain personal care skills, such as eating and dressingassist people to gain or regain skills in social, leisure and work environments through graded individual or group therapy and activity programmesmonitor the progress of individuals and assist with the coordination of an appropriate health teamassist children with disabilities to integrate into education programmes in schoolsassess the ability of injured workers to return to their usual employment or perform alternative dutiesdesign and modify the everyday environment of clients to allow for better access and independenceadvise on the use of specialised equipment, such as home modifications, adapted kitchen utensils, wheelchairs and other assistive technologies that help people within their environmentassess the need for, develop and run health education programmesact as consultants to industry and government organisationsundertake researchteach in academic institutions, generally at tertiary levelassist with policy development for health and other areas.
- patience able to show initiative a flexible attitude practical, innovative and observant good problem-solving skills good interpersonal and communication skills able to maintain client confidentiality able to work independently or as part of a team.