Occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to do everyday things at home or at work. They work with people who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition.
• Create programs to help people who have been injured or who have been ill.
• Meet with patients to learn more about their needs and how they can be helped.
• Select exercises that will help people learn work and home skills.
• Adapt equipment or devices to help people move around better.
• Write reports and keep records.
• Teach family members how to help their loved one.
Where and When:
• They usually work in hospitals, clinics, or doctor's offices.
• They can also visit patients in their homes.
• Normal hours, but some evenings and weekends are needed.
What or Who They Work With:
• Social Workers
• Physical Therapists
• Special equipment for people with disabilities.
• Wheelchairs and walkers.
Education and Training:
• Master's Degree required
• Some states require a test and special license
- Social and Human Service Assistants
- Physical Therapist
- Recreational Therapist
Related School Subjects:
• Health and P.E.
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