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Occupational Therapists Vision Impairment And Blindness
They Should: There are societies for the blind in most metropolitan areas. These tend to be custom made for visual problems. Different eye diseases cause different losses and different disabilities. But ot could certainly help with doing daily activities with decreased or no vision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Training: Occupational therapists are trained to teach skills in the job market for people with physical infirmities and functional problems. Those who have lost vision can still find many employment opportunities but may not be aware of the availability of jobs and certainly would need training to be eligible for those jobs. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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