The Program in Occupational Therapy prepares students to work with children and adults who have physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities that interfere with their ability to engage in life|s tasks. Occupational therapists serve as vital members of a treatment team, consulting with physicians, physical and speech therapists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, vocational counselors, teachers, other specialists, and family members. They blend a scientific knowledge of the human body and mind with an understanding of the challenges of disability, environment, and culture.
The occupational therapy process includes evaluation of physical capacities, cognitive skills, emotional responses, social adjustment, and the physical and social environment. With this information the occupational therapist plans intervention using a combination of therapeutic activities, adaptive equipment, and training in specialized techniques to develop or restore function and to help individuals achieve the greatest possible independence. Occupational therapists also become managers of treatment programs and clinical researchers who study the efficacy of therapeutic interventions.
Acute Occupational Therapy serves a vital role at works closely with various other health disciplines to provide a complete health plan for restoration of the patient to maximum health and functional potential. Modalities and services include the following: