Assesses, plans, organizes, and participates in 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.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Completes and maintains necessary records.
- Tests and evaluates patients' physical and mental abilities and analyzes medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
- Trains caregivers how to provide for the needs of a patient during and after therapy.
- Evaluates patients' progress and prepares reports that detail progress.
- Plans, organizes, and conducts occupational therapy programs in hospital, institutional, or community settings to help rehabilitate those impaired because of illness, injury or psychological or developmental problems.
- Selects activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.
- Recommends changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
- Designs and creates, or requisitions, special supplies and equipment, such as splints, braces, and computer-aided adaptive equipment.
- Develops and participates in health promotion programs, group activities, or discussions to promote client health, facilitate social adjustment, alleviate stress, and prevent physical or mental disability.
- Consults with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
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