Occupational therapists help adults and children of all ages to overcome physical, mental and/or social problems that are the result of disability, injury or illness.
However, common responsibilities of the job include:
- Undertaking patient assessments of physical, communication, interaction and cognitive skills.
- Planning and providing appropriate treatment/graded activities
- Giving advice and arranging support for family members, carers and clients.
- Undertaking general administrative tasks, for example writing reports, making telephone calls, maintaining records and case notes.
- Liaising with doctors, family members/carers and other professionals and keeping them updated.
- Planning further treatment and reviewing progress.
- Assessing treatment success at multi-professional case conferences/meetings.
How To Qualify
Degree: Occupational Therapy or BSc (Occupational Therapy)
Where to study
- University of Kwazulu Natal
- University of Limpopo
- University of Cape Town
- University of Free State
- University of Witwatersrand
- University of Pretoria
- General hospitals.
– Psychiatric hospitals.
– Special schools for physically disabled children.
– Special schools for children with behavioral and learning problems.
– Homes for the aged.
– Training centers for the mentally handicapped.
– Non-governmental organizations.
– Specialized units such as workmen’s rehabilitation units.
– Welfare organizations.
– Self-employment, in own private practice.