therapy is a form of rehabilitation that uses daily activities to help
people with illnesses or disabilities improve, develop, or keep practical
skills. Doctors frequently
suggest occupational therapy for patients with health problems that get in
the way with their ability to perform everyday jobs at their household,
school, or work. For example,
a person who uses a wheelchair might need to learn how to move around in
the kitchen and cook a meal in a sitting position.
A person who lost their sight or the ability to use a leg or arm
might need to learn new ways to bathe or dress.
Occupational therapy is frequently called 'curing by doing' because
patients get better at their own physical and mental happiness by carrying
out activities themselves.
Pros called occupational therapists plan and oversee treatment activities for their patients. Occupational therapy assistants work under the control of an occupational therapist and do lots of the hands-on work with patients, helping them practice and become skilled at important skills. Occupational therapists and assistants work in such places as day care centers, nursing homes, schools, mental health centers, rehabilitation centers, and (of course) hospitals. They provide treatment in people’s houses too.
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