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Occupational therapy


Occupational therapy is a therapy
that helps assist people with disabilities
to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle
and to enable them to do their daily chores.
Persons trained in occupational therapy are
those who are engaged in practicing occupational therapy.
In other words, occupational therapists help patients
suffering from mental or physical illness
achieve the highest possible independence
in performing in their day to day activities,
which includes grooming, eating, playing, etc.
The type of therapy involved for each patient
is different as the disability varies.
Customizing the treatment for the patients is
the major work of the occupational therapists;
for example, advising on the use of wheel chairs,
aids for eating etc., apart from assessing their progress.
Occupational therapists work with people
suffering from post-paralytic or cardiac arrest,
arthritis, multiple sclerosis and such other conditions,
work-related injuries, mental disorders,
burns and amputations, accidents and this list goes on.
Aspirants completed 10+2 with physics, mathematics and chemistry
as main subjects are eligible to join this course.
The Bachelor’s Degree is for duration of four years.
To become a licensed practitioner,
those completing the course must earn this degree
from a recognized programme, and pass a national certification exam.
Students with strong inclination towards service,
good communication skills, team spirit and ability
to work hard are strong contenders to do this course.
Occupational therapists are in great demand
with the new methods of treatment in place.
Moreover, as their work is not limited to
any specific area of disability they may choose
their own sphere of work such
specializing in a particular disability.
Job opportunities exist in
clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers,
psychiatric institutions, etc.
Private practice is also booming.
Depending on one’s interests
the candidates willing to pursue a course
on Occupational Therapy can opt for
a specialized subject from the numerous courses offered.
Some of these courses are:
Community Health Workers Course, Rehabilitation,
Physiotherapy, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology,
Pharmacology/Pharmacy, Psychology, Hearing,
Language and Speech, and Prosthetic and Orthotic Courses.

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