An occupational therapist is more commonly known as an 'OT'. An occupational therapist works with people of all ages who have limitations in completing activities and tasks due to an injury, illness or difficult life circumstances. Occupational therapists help people to gain skills and strategies to live life as independently as possible.
Occupational therapists help you get back to your occupations and activities of daily living by using purposeful activities, interventions, or equipment so you can take care of yourself, carry out daily tasks and stay active.
Occupational therapists also work with whānau and carers to help them to understand the importance of taking part in the person's daily activities, and supporting their social interactions and relationships.
Some occupational therapists are more specialised and have extra training in certain areas. These areas include:
- children and young people
- older people
- people with physical disabilities
- people with mental health conditions
- people with learning disabilities
- hand therapy
- vocational rehabilitation.
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