Occupational Therapists - JR Rehabilitation Services

By: Jr Rehabilitation Services  09-12-2011
Keywords: Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapists

OT is an abbreviation for Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy.

In this context the term ‘Occupation’ can be misleading.  Most people assume it means helping people to return to work.  In some circumstances it does, however we term the meaning of ‘Occupation’ as the activities that one does during the day that occupy their lives.  This could be anything from getting out of bed, brushing their teeth, and making a meal, to making decisions about what they are going to do in a day and how they will go about it.

When assessing a client with any disability the OT will look at their physical, cognitive and emotional functions in the areas of self-care, work and leisure.  The OT determines where the issues are; sometimes there are issues in all three areas.  OT’s then help the client to decide what their priorities are in order to determine goals and make plans to overcome these issues or barriers to enable them to carry out their daily activities as independently as possible.

There are a number of approaches that OT’s use to help clients overcome barriers.  In some situations OT’s will use a rehabilitation approach, i.e. rehabilitate the client back to their previous function.  In some situations they may use a compensatory approach, by using equipment to adapt their environment to increase independence or educate the client to use strategies to manage their symptoms.  Other situations an OT might be a rehabilitation case manager, liaising with team members, monitoring a client’s function and providing advice and recommendations for future care needs.  Often a combination of approaches is used.

Hear from an OT – Further insight into the field of Occupational Therapy

 Videos courtesy of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)

Keywords: occupational therapist, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation

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We currently provide services to clients represented by private and public insurance companies, government agencies, Workers Compensation Boards, and law firms. Our rehabilitation programs are designed to be client centered, goal-oriented, and focused completely on the unique needs of each individual.


Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS

The results of the AMPS are used to determine a person’s need for Occupational Therapy services, homemaking and personal care services, to write client goals that are occupation-based, and to plan interventions that meet an individual’s needs.


Assessment of Functional Cognition (AFC

The AFC looks at cognitive skills such as attention, visual processing, information processing, memory, awareness and executive function, but it goes further during the functional assessment component to evaluate awareness and the ability of the person to effectively utilize compensatory strategies to improve their function.


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An initial assessment includes an introduction to Occupational Therapy services and a review of the client’s current abilities and challenges. Cognitive and emotional barriers to participation in meaningful activity. The client and OT will identify goals for OT rehabilitation services.