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Should I be an occupational therapist?

Should I be an occupational therapist?

OT: Entirely up to you. Talk to an ot person & see if what u hear is enticing to u. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does an occupational therapist do?

What does an occupational therapist do?

Hands, splints, adl: They do hand therapy, fabricate splints and evaluate and train for adl's. ...Read more

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What does an occupational therapist do (otr)?

What does an occupational therapist do (otr)?

OT: An ot helps people of all ages to improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living & working environments. They help people with disabilities to improve their skills, such as motor functions & reasoning skills. Examples are using computers, cooking, dressing, eating, muscle strength, visual acuity, problem solving, etc. ...Read more

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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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What's it like to be an occupational therapist?

What's it like to be an occupational therapist?

Occupational therapi: It is like any other medical profession where you come in contact with many different patients and design specific therapies for each one of them and help improve their life and get paid as well. It can be very satisfying and other times it can be frustrating as well. ...Read more

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What does an occupational therapist do with you?

Upper Extremity: An occupational therapist works on disorders of the upper extremity only. You can think of them as a physical therapist that focuses only on the upper extremities, whereas a physical therapist can treat the entire body. ...Read more

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What does a occupational therapist do typically?

See below: Ot do a lot of different things. They help people regain independence with things like dressing, bathing, toileting, showering etc after illness and other disabling conditions like strokes, head and spinal cord injuries. They also help people with who have problems with their hands like rheumatoid arthritis or who have had amputations of parts of the upper extremities. ...Read more

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Are most occupational therapist assistants women?

Not in the: Hospital where I work. Don't go for stereotypes! Do what you want to do! Men make great nurses! Great physical therapists! Great occupational therapists! And great techs! ...Read more

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Could an occupational therapist give any medicine?

Could an occupational therapist give any medicine?

Medication prescribe: Typically licensed practitioners who are able to prescribe medications if they are not physicians (M.Ds, D.Os, dentists, podiatrists etc,) are either licensed practical nurses or physician assistants. This varies depending on your jurisdiction, some requiring or not physician supervision typically from mds or dos. I have never heard of occupational or physical therapist prescribing medications. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a occupational therapist?

Could you explain what is a occupational therapist?

A good therapist: A therapist that concentrates on upper extremity dysfunction and from occupational, sports, trauma, post surgical are able to supervise physical therapy and restore function in a safe manner also with spinal cord injury and stroke patients help with adaptive aids, exercise programs and restoration of function and family training for continuation after discharge. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is an occupational therapist?

Could you explain what is an occupational therapist?

OT: Occupational therapists treat patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. ...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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What kind of work do you do as an occupational therapist?

What kind of work do you do as an occupational therapist?

OT: An ot helps people of all ages to improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living & working environments. They help people with disabilities to improve their skills, such as motor functions & reasoning skills. Examples are using computers, cooking, dressing, eating, muscle strength, visual acuity, problem solving, etc. ...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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I just wanted to know can occupational therapist work with specific age groups?

Absolutely: Occupational therapists work with people from early childhood to senior citizens. ...Read more

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How much time would you study to become a occupational therapist and what will be the course?

How much time would you study to become a occupational therapist and what will be the course?

You need a Master's.: After getting a Bachelor's degree (typically four years) you need to get a Master's in Occupational Therapy. But that is not all: you need a a state license for where you want to practice. Many employers want you to have at least one year experience also. Look for a good OT program. The road is long but can be rewarding. My OT friends love what they do to help people. ...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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Hello doctors, what does an occupational therapist do?

Hello doctors, what does an occupational therapist do?

Upper extremity pt: Concentrates on upper extremity dysfunction and from occupational, sports, trauma, post surgical are able to supervise physical therapy and restore function in a safe manner also with spinal cord injury and stroke patients help with adaptive aids for feeding grooming etc. ...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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How will an occupational therapist help me use my prosthesis?

How will an occupational therapist help me use my prosthesis?

For upper extremity: For upper extremity prosthesis an ot will be critical to help with adapting and training for functional use of the prosthesis.
In the case of a lower extremity prosthesis there is a need to learn how to incorporate the use of the prosthesis with daily life activities such as bathing, dressing, cooking, home management and community reentry. In this case ot will generally work closely with pt. ...Read more

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What are skills, salary of an occupational therapist assistant?

Degree and License: Ota's require two years of college and a state license. Salaries commensurate with experience and location in the $40k's. ...Read more

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How are an occupational therapist and a physical therapist different?

Many: Both are therapists (not physicians) that work to improve overall function in different ways. Occupational therapist work primarily to improve functional activities such as bathing or dressing. The physical therapists tent to treat physical problems affecting mobility (walking). There are many more differences and overlap between what they do (too long to detail here). ...Read more

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How many years of schooling will I need to become an occupational therapist?

Occupatinal therapis: To get a degree in occupational therapy you need to have 4 years of college to be admitted to masters course for occupational therapy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a physical therapist vs an occupational therapist?

In brief: The way our wonderful therapists at jefferson university hospital in philadelphia explain it to the incoming resident class:
physical therapists work on making sure you can walk or get across the room. Occupational therapists make sure you can dress and wash yourself before you walk across the room. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a physical therapist and an occupational therapist?

Although there is s: Although there is some overlap in what they do, the focus of ot in rehabilitation is primarily on upper extremity function (gross and fine motor), therapy and adaptive equipment to assist with activities of daily living.
A physical therapist usually will focus on lower extremity function, gait training, assessment and training on mobility devices, balance and more gross motor function. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an occupational therapist and a physical therapist?

A lot: OT deals with functional, performance and includes arm function and coordination
PT deals with mobility : balance, strength for trunk and legs, and coordination. Muscle tone is also, addressed. Sports medical issues would seek PT for training, back pain would seek PT for modalities posture and core strengthening.
OT and PT often work together for best results ...Read more

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Can an occupational therapist work with a specific group of people such as autistic kids?

Can an occupational therapist work with a specific group of people such as autistic kids?

Yes, they can: Depending on their work environment, occupational therapists can work with specific groups. If you're employed, though, your employer would make those assignments. ...Read more

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Can a mental health occupational therapist open their own practice and do psychotherapy sessions?

Can a mental health occupational therapist open their own practice and do psychotherapy sessions?

An Occupational: therapist can sessions - but not psychotherapy. Who is doing this? Unless they have a mental health license like Licensed social worker, Marriage family counselor, licensed psychologist, Licensed mental health counselor then No. ...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?

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 can a mental health occupational therapist do in private practice?

Occupational: Therapists R not trained mental health practitioners, although their work certainly impacts on client's mental health. They focus on your occupational strengths and weaknesses and will help U prepare 4 various jobs that suit your specific needs. 4 instance, if U have ADHD they will encourage U 2 work with your employer 2 allow U 2 work in a space with as few distractions as possible. ...Read more

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Do you have to get a referral to see an occupational therapist or can you call one yourself?

OT referral: Self referral to OT is dependent on the stage you live in, call your state medical society. ...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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What does an occupational therapist do for schizophrenic patients?

What does an occupational therapist do for schizophrenic patients?

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 is the difference between an occupational therapist and a psychologist?

What is the difference between an occupational therapist and a psychologist?

Different types of: Training. Occupational therapists help people assess special adaptations for work situations following injury or due to a physical disability. Psychologists specialize in psychology, therapy, psyche testing and mental health from BA to MA to doctorate and don't prescribe medication. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the job of an occupational therapist? What do they do daily?

OT's are great: Therapist that work with patients to improve function in fine motor skills, activities of daily living, rehabilitation from many disabilities, and works more with upper body and fine motor skills where as physical therapists work more with overall movement, ambulation, strneghtening, etc. ...Read more

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How important is it for a doctor to take a Occupational therapist Recommendations?

Depends: Occupational therapists, just like any other "specialist" are very good in their particular field. However, they are not physicians. They may or may not know your entire history, they may not know that doing certain things certain ways would not be compatible with other treatments you are doing. This is why a primary care doc is important - someone to bring it all together. Good luck! ...Read more

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