Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Do Occupational Therapists Know About Special Needs?

From time to time I receive a call from someone with an unusual opinion of Occupational Therapy. The most recent was someone who was convinced that an Occupational Therapist would not know anything about the needs and difficulties of someone with special needs. Sometimes input on FaceBook is very useful. Here too, a few comments are worth repeating for the benefit of those who do not know what Occupational Therapy is to gain a little insight. 

One FB friend responded that: 
"As OT is a discipline that aims to promote health by enabling people to perform meaningful and purposeful activities I would presume it would include many people and groups including and especially those with special needs. I cannot think how anybody could think that an OT would not know something/anything about Special Needs, it comes par in par, part of the job. :)"

Another FB friend responded:
My answer for you to tell this person, if you should speak to her again or anyone else who asks you that question again:

Of course I know about people with special needs, that is my specialty. Ordinary kids do not need me to help them learn the skills that I am trained to teach. Every child is unique, and a special needs child needs a special kind of love. That's my job!"

These FB friends summed it up so beautifully, I am not sure there is much to add. If you, the reader has a question, please do post it here.

This post has been prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear, Experienced and Licensed Occupational Therapist. Should you have any questions regarding this post, other posts on this blog or Occupational Therapy in general please either email Shoshanah or visit her website.  

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