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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Occupational Therapists (Overview)

Occupational therapists are healthcare professionals that work with people who are physically or mentally disabled or injured to recover the ability to normally engage in activities of daily living.


Dr. Peter Ihle
10 doctors shared insights

Occupational Therapists (Overview)

Occupational therapists are healthcare professionals that work with people who are physically or mentally disabled or injured to recover the ability to normally engage in activities of daily living.


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Can occupational therapists diagnose anything?

Can occupational therapists diagnose anything?

Can detect abnormali: Occupational therapist design a plan to treat a motor or cognitive deficit that affects a person ability to perform activities of daily living, and while doing it they may be able to find out further abnormalities and refer the patient to their referring doctor for proper diagnosis and treament. ...Read more

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Occupational therapists work in what types of settings?

Occupational therapists work in what types of settings?

Occupational Therapi: They can work in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living places, physicians offices, adult day care centers, physical therapy centers and your own center if you want, schools for developmentally chalanged, and home health agencies working at patients homes. ...Read more

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Do occupational therapists make mental health diagnostics?

Do occupational therapists make mental health diagnostics?

No, not usually.: They can be separately licensed and work in the capacity of an OT, and then can diagnose. Usually, they treat based upon the needs of an individual, which follows from the diagnose gleaned elsewhere. ...Read more

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Do occupational therapists have to under pharmacology?

Do occupational therapists have to under pharmacology?

Here's a sample...: ...Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Curriculum. See what you think. Ref: http://www.utica.edu/academic/gce/ot/curriculm.cfm ...Read more

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What do occupational therapists do in the psychology setting?

What do occupational therapists do in the psychology setting?

Help w/ functioning: Ot's are a vital part of the best treatment teams. They assist patients with mental disorders in improving their functioning. Treatment is provided both individually and in groups. Psychiatric ot's tend to rely on a rehabilitation model. They address the significant functional impairment that accompanies so many mental disorders by re-engaging the patient in productive activities. ...Read more

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I read mental health occupational therapists in Canada can now perform psychotherapy. Is this a recently new trend?

I read mental health occupational therapists in Canada can now perform psychotherapy. Is this a recently new trend?

Not really new: Occupational therapists have always dealt with the consequences of chronic disease, and have provided counseling to numerous patients. Suppose we could call some of this "psychotherapy". But historically, not only psychiatrists and psychologists, but also clergy and social workers and speech therapists have provided psych support. ...Read more

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What do occupational therapists in mental health do? Do they get involved with any type of advising/ counselling sessions?

What do occupational therapists in mental health do? Do they get involved with any type of advising/ counselling sessions?

OT: They assess & treat patients with physical, mental & cognitive impairments. They also identify & eliminate environmental barriers to independence & participation in daily activities. They educate patients & caretakers regarding activities of daily living. They work closely with professionals in Physical therapy, Speech therapy, Nursing, Social work & the Community. ...Read more

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What do occupational therapists in mental health do? They get involved with counseling or educating patients?

What do occupational therapists in mental health do? They get involved with counseling or educating patients?

Teach living skills: Occupational therapists assist patients to improve their ability to function in life by focusing on improvement of activities and instrumental activities of daily living. They assess motor and cognitive abilities and assist people w/ disabilities in grooming, bathing, dressing themselves, & functioning in a work place. They counsel, help clients problem solve & teach the use of adaptive equipment. ...Read more

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