I am Prasanta Gayen, a NIOH alumni and currently one of the most experience Occupational Therapist in Eastern India. I am having more than 15 years of professional experience and have seen varieties of difficulties of people's life and my aim always is to help them to be at their best possible way to get them back into almost normal course of their life.
Now for a layman the basic question is What is Occupational Therapy and What do an Occupational Therapist do & How does it different from Physiotherapy?
In its simplest terms, occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include
- an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
- customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
- an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.