Teaching resources, parental advice, Special educational needs
An occupational therapist, often referred to as an OT, is a healthcare professional that focuses on developing, recovering, or maintaining the daily living and working skills of people with physical, mental, or cognitive impairments.
Their aim is to
help people improve their ability to function as independently as possible so
that they can participate in whatever activities are meaningful and important
to them. They will do this for the different environments that the person is
likely to go to. Occupational therapists do this mainly by identifying and
eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in normal
There are a number
of ways that they can do this:
Aids and Adaptions:
Support people with disabilities to choose and use
special equipment like wheelchairs and aids for mobility, eating, dressing or
any other activity that the person needs support with.
Help to adapt people’s homes and workplaces to accommodate
their individual needs to enable them to be as independent as they can be.
Help their clients to improve basic skills
Improving motor functions or reasoning abilities so that they can perform
essential activities like dressing, cooking or work and leisure activities like
using a computer.
Developing physical exercises to improve strength or dexterity.
Supporting with mental exercises to overcome difficulties with memory.
Designing special exercises to help overcome sensory or communication
They can help people by designing new ways for them to perform the tasks.
They can advise people on alternative methods, techniques or tools they can
use to achieve what they want to achieve.