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Here are some examples of assessments and areas that Occupational Therapy Practitioners may carry out:
-Daily living task abilities such as cooking, dressing, eating, mobility
-Dexterity & handwriting
-Gross & fine motor skills
-School based evaluations
Areas of Occupational Therapy support people in sustaining themselves and enable them to contribute to a wider community.
‘We are dedicated to positively improving the quality of life for children & adults”
Aspire Allied Health & Home Modifications.
What is an Occupational Therapist?
Occupational therapists are trained to help those from infancy to old age improve their ability to perform and achieve daily tasks that ‘occupy’ their time.
Interventions and purposeful activities are designed to help those with conditions that may be physically, mentally, developmentally, emotionally or socially disabling. People are helped to recover, develop or maintain daily work or living abilities and skills. This may include improving their ability to fulfil basic functions.
Your occupational therapist will use various assessments and evaluation processes to establish an individual treatment plan to attend fully to your complex therapy needs. This entails careful personalised interventions and purposeful activities designed to support the individual where necessary.
‘It is important to have nice people in your life, but an Occupational Therapist will assist you to ‘live’ your life’.
What is a Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists are qualified to focus on correcting, rehabilitating & improving physical movement skills & performance through manipulation, massage, exercise and other treatments.
Gross motor skills such as standing, sitting, walking as well as improving strength, endurance and flexibility are some of the issues addressed by a physiotherapist. They can also help alleviate pain arising from birth defects, disease, aging, injury & illness.
Our Physiotherapists can work in conjunction with other modalities or parents/family members to help encourage the skills required at home to support their priority needs.
What to expect when I see a Physiotherapist?
Upon your Physiotherapist visit, they will take a detailed history and perform a full physical examination providing hands on treatments advising you of the best course of treatment management for your specific condition.
The Physiotherapist can provide corrective movements for you to enhance your consultation. The duration and number of consultations required will depend on the severity of your problems.
Conditions that can be improved by Physiotherapy include but not limited to:
-Sprains & strains
-Rehabilitation following surgery
-Workplace & sporting injuries
-Gross motor delay
-Muscular dystrophy & other neuromuscular conditions
-Other genetic disorders
Individual treatments are tailor made to your requirements and will choose from a range of therapies such as:
-Manual therapies such as joint manipulation, resistance training, mobilisation, stretching.
-Exercise programmes may include posture training, cardiovascular stretching, muscle strengthening.
-Electrotherapy which may consist of laser therapy, ultrasound, diathermy or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS).
“There is no limit to the improvement of movement” – Mosh Feldenkrais.
What is a Speech Pathologist?
A speech pathologist will study then diagnose and treat speech & other communicative disorders such as speaking, articulation, understanding & listening, social skills, reading & writing, stuttering, transgender voice changes, and using voice fluently.
There are many reasons for these disorders such as developmental delays, brain injuries, stroke, learning or intellectual disabilities, voice damage, some medications, ageing, dementia and hearing loss.
How can a speech pathologist help you?
Speech pathologists can help you in the following ways:
-Language articulation – using language to express thoughts, ideas & feelings.
-Speech disorders & delays – producing and understanding speech sounds.
-Language reception – word meanings, instruction & understanding.
-Fluency of speech – helping those who stutter to speak with more confidence & more fluently.
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” – Gail Devers.
-Supporting alternative communication – where those with difficulties speaking and writing (using communication boards, speech generated devices, pictures or sign language may help language expression.
-Swallowing or feeding challenges – assisting children & adults whom have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.
-Social challenges – social communication can be challenging for some and need help with following rules of conversation and communication for social purposes.
-Vocal challenges – such as pitch, quality, tone and volume issues.
-Modifying accent – often required by some actors or professionals.
-Cognitive problems – rearranging thoughts, attention, planning and reasoning to improve communication.
Rehabilitation for the deaf or hard of hearing.
-Literacy & pre-literacy learning – skills for effective reading, writing and spelling.
We are dedicated to serving children, teen and adults with their speech & communication challenges through our passion & commitment.
What is a psychologist?
Psychology is the study of the mind and its influences while a psychologist is the professional that uses the knowledge of psychology to help people with their thinking and behaviours in order to help them improve their quality of life, mental wellbeing, learning, performance and to more effectively solve their daily problems.
Your psychologist appointment will entail sharing your story and thoughts with them in a detailed discussion, what your goals and expectations are.
The process will be a shared collaboration where problem origins, emotional reactions, patterns and behaviours are addressed.
How many appointments you require depends on the depth of your condition and how long it takes for your progress. You will get a better idea after your first appointment.
Some of the wide range of psychological issues a psychologist may be able to help you with include the following:
Stress & anxiety
Bulimia and other eating related disorders
Grief and trauma
Relationship problems (including parenting and behavioural issues)
As you may be discussing very personal matters with your psychologist, subject to the law, your details will not be shared beyond the other professionals directly involved in your care such as your GP, unless you request otherwise.
“Follow your heart but take your brain with you” – Alfred Adler.
“If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give-up. Figure out how to climb it.” – Michael Jordan.
Sometimes exercise psychologists work alongside those who are ill, in poor physical condition or mental health to support them in their participation of more exercise to benefit their overall health.
They are also of benefit to those who may be depressed, suffering body image and self-esteem issues, lack of social/family support, perceived control matters, be imprisoned, employees taking part in a work-based exercise programme and various GP referrals.
Exercise can be challenging and those who have spent many years with a sedentary lifestyle will take much patience and many weeks, and likely months to strengthen muscles, heart, lungs or lose weight effectively. Success will require consistency and a careful plan.
An exercise psychologist can help you achieve success in developing a better, healthier more physical lifestyle and help manage emotions, thoughts and behaviours toward maintaining a healthy attitude and routine towards your efforts and activities.
What is an exercise psychologist?
Exercise psychology helps with how the psychological factors that influence exercise behaviours may affect performance.
Sport psychologists may work with individual sporting athletes or with teams and coaches across many sports. They can help with competition preparation, setbacks and injuries, improve team cohesion and communication as well as encourage development of mental skills within a sport.
Some more specific areas an exercise psychologist may help are:
-Monitoring sporting behaviours and performance.
-Deliver strategies to help overcome difficulties, setbacks or injuries and realise potential.
-Work alongside your health team where required such as nutritionists, GP’s, physiologist and other coaches.
-Deliver individual or team goal setting and visualisation sessions.
-Carry out counselling, mental coping skills and relaxation techniques.
-Deliver self-analysis or performance workshops.