Occupational therapists, or OTs, work with anyone who may be experiencing physical, psychological and/or social problems, either from birth or as a result of trauma, illness or ageing. An OT’s goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
A Physiotherapist, or physio, also works with people who have had illness, surgery or injury, using physical methods, such as prescribed exercise, massage and manipulation, to help restore range of movement and promote healing.
The activities of OTs and physios often overlap, but the disciplines are focused on different outcomes. An occupational therapist will help their clients to manage their health conditions so that they can have achieve their goals in terms of working, living independently, etc. Physiotherapists aim to maintain or restore physical function. An OT may well work with people whose problems are psychological or emotional, whereas a physio concentrates on physical problems.
Speech and language therapists (SLTs) specialise in helping people who have problems with communication, either difficulty speaking or using language; or hearing or understanding language. They can also help with difficulties in chewing or swallowing food and drinks.
There is also a wide range of creative and sensory therapies available to carers working with individuals with learning disabilities, autism and a range of sensory and cognitive impairments.
What do occupational therapists do? An OT explains what OTs do!
Why are OT services so complicated? The OTs’ professional body writes about integration of services
Expert suppliers’ views of OT services
Physical Therapy – products to help with rehabilitation
Standing Support – support and rehab for those unable to stand unaided
Sensory Therapy – reaching people with learning disabilities, sensory or cognitive impairments, through a range of creative and sensory therapies
Speech & Language Therapy – how SLTs can help adults and children who have problems with communication, language skills, feeding or swallowing
Joint Care relief from pressure for vulnerable joints
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