Occupational Therapy revised
I would like to begin by welcoming all the residents to this meeting where my aim is to familiarize all of you about occupational therapy and how it can influence your lives. Occupational therapy began as early as 100 B.C when the famous Greek physician HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepiades_of_Bithynia” o “Asclepiades of Bithynia” Asclepiades used music, exercises, baths, and massages to treat mental illnesses. However, most occupational therapists today redirect the focus from solely treating mental illnesses and towards psychosocial therapy. I wish to talk about the modern definition of occupational therapy and its influence on the residents. I will also illuminate on the impact of this treatment on a person’s sense of independence.
Today, occupational therapy is the assessing and treating of people of all lifestyles and ages to develop and recover back to their daily lives or work skills. It is most useful to people who suffer from physical, psychological, or cognitive disorders. It centres on the client and drives him or her towards his or her goals, whether in their career or their home. Occupational therapy focuses on enabling a person to participate better in his or her daily activities. To achieve this, it requires adapting to the relative environment, educating the client, and changing their tasks (McColl, 2003). A good occupational therapist needs to be patient, determined, have common sense, and enthusiasm.
The therapist is concerned with paediatrics, physiological rehabilitation, mental health services, primary care, and research. Residents in the community include the children, adolescents, the aged and elderly and occupational therapy applies to all those groups differently, but the outcome is the same. The therapy helps children experiencing certain learning difficulty, physical disability, and those recovering from injuries. By working with these minors, their parents, and teachers, it contributes to promoting the learning process. The children then learn to participate more in play, to learn, and in home activities. The adolescents who experience social problems such as low self-esteem also benefit from occupational therapy. However, working with adolescents can be very challenging since they can be withdrawn or aggressive. In the end, the therapy helps to improve personal growth and communication skills. The aged and elderly are very delicate and require the most help. If they are experiencing an illness or injury, occupational therapy can help them on the road to recovery. In occupational therapy, I assist in initiating changes within the home and at work and assist them get back to their daily lives. No matter the age group that a person belongs to, we all need an occupational therapy every once in a while
In addition, occupational therapy helps people to focus on their goals. It does this by promoting solution finding. Many of you experience problems during work or at home; thus, this particular therapy helps them to find solutions to their psychological and physical problems. Through early intervention, both my client and I will solve the problems much faster and efficiently (McColl, 2003). Also, occupational therapy resolves conflicts within the workplace. Conflicts come in the way of the full participation of an individual in their daily activities.
Last but not least, every single individual in the world desires independence and to live in his or her environment. Occupational therapy has a significant influence in helping to achieve this reduction of depression and low self-esteem in people and encourage support and satisfaction of psychological needs. By helping a person recover from their disability, they can do things by themselves. It promotes the solving of solutions; it enables inner peace and sustainability (McColl, 2003).
I would like to conclude by stating that occupational therapy is crucial and efficient to the residents. Its objectives involve making a person independent by helping them overcome dependence due to disabilities. Eliminating the conflict among will benefit the client substantially in question and even in the residential homes. Occupational therapy is also essential since it deals with people of all ages and makes life better for them and in the end, it makes a person happy and feeling fulfilled.
McColl, M. A. (2003). Theoretical Basis of Occupational Therapy, Page 1-7. SLACK Incorporated.
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