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You might hire an occupational therapist to:

  • Help a child suffering from movement impairment to participate in daily activities
  • Help patients improve their sensory and motor abilities after suffering from a debilitating injury, illness, or event, such as an accident or a stroke

  • Teach playing skills, learning strategies, and self-care to children with autism

  • Assist patients with brain injuries to reintegrate back into the community
  • Teach a newly rehabilitating patient how to use their prosthesis
  • Help a patient minimize pain from arthritis — and to optimize daily activity

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts in occupational therapy
Analytical skills for collecting information from diverse sources in order to solve complex problems
One to three years of experience as an occupational therapist
Strong organizational skills
License to practice occupational therapy where company is located
An affinity for providing occupational therapy with compassion
Ability to effectively communicate with patients, caregivers, and other occupational therapists
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
Patience and empathy
Flexibility in the field