Sunday, 30 May 2010

Commonly Asked Question

Working privately, I often get calls of someone describing a brief summary of the information they know of a relative and asking, now what will you do / offer to improve the situation.

For ALL Occupational Therapists the first step of any therapeutic relationship or potential service is an evaluation. There are a range of evaluations or assessments that Occupational Therapists are trained to carry out. Some of these are standardised and some are specific evaluations e.g. testing range of movement, muscle strength, muscle tone, eye movements, perception (these are via a range of standardised tests), level of funciton in Personal Life Skills (PLS), Worker Role Interview, various other evaluations to determine a persons ability to work effectively. These are just some of the evaluations / assessments that an Occupational Therapist will carry out. Each person / client or patient will require a different set of evaluations in order to determine whether occupational therapy is indicated and if so whether the therapist evaluating is the appropraite therapist to work with or a referral to a colleague is indicated. The evaluations chosen will depend on the age of the person, the nature of the condition or problem and the persons situation in life. Once it is established who the treating therapist will be and all evaluations have been completed, then a treatment plan can be drawn up.

Prior to receiving necessary medical information or information from a teacher or employer and completing the evaluation, it is not recommended for any therapist to outline what s/he will do to assist. There are simply too many variables involved.

Hence, if you feel that you or a loved one is in need of Occupational Therapy, the first step is to book an appointment for an evaluation. Only after this can one begin to discuss duration of treatment, type of intervention and other necessary information.

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