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What Is OT?

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy helps people to do the everyday things that they want to do and need to do when faced with illness, injury, disability or challenging life events.

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Benefits Of OT

Anyone, of any age, can benefit from occupational therapy if they are unable to, or find it difficult to participate in a desired activity. Occupational therapists have training and knowledge in physical and psychosocial development and disorders and therefore look at the whole person, not just the physical aspects of the person’s problem. They also look at these problems or risks in terms of how they affect someone’s function.

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Where do Occupational Therapists work?

Occupational therapists work in many different practice settings including hospitals, day care facilities, nursing homes,schools, universities, community centres and workplaces. Many also work in private practice and provide occupational therapy in the client's home or residential setting.

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Accessing an OT in the public service

Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings in the community, voluntary organisations and public health services including hospitals, primary care, community, child and family services, disability services, mental health and older people's services. You can access an occupational therapist publicly through your HSE Local Health Office or request a referral from your GP..

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Accessing an OT privately

If you are unable to access an OT publicly or would prefer to source an OT privately, you can search for a private OT on our database by specialty or location depending on your preference. Private OTs may work within a number of specialties or across a number of geographical locations in Ireland. To find an OT best suited to your needs you should contact them directly via their contact details as listed on the website.

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What to expect

Any person using the title 'Occupational Therapist' has completed specialised training in occupational therapy resulting in a DipCOT/BSc/MSc in Occupational Therapy. Although statutory registration is not currently in place in Ireland, an OT who is a current member of AOTI will practice ethically and professionally being mindful of AOTI Code of Ethics.

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Case Studies

The following Case studies and examples give you an idea of what to expect from OT's in different settings.

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Useful Information and Links

In this section we have provided useful information, tips and links for members of the public on a range of areas

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