Occupational therapists focus on helping people develop the activities that give day to day life more meaning. Occupational therapy aids people in recovery or helps to develop the skills needed for engaging in the activities of daily living which include but are not limited to self-care, leisure, independent living and working a job. Occupational therapist (OT) work in hospitals, doctors offices, schools, nursing homes and with patients in their own homes. Patients who qualify for or benefit from occupational therapy include people who have had strokes, people with autism or developmental delays, people recovering from various surgeries, people with anxiety or depression disorders, the elderly as well as veterans. In hospital settings OT’s work to help patients with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, combing their hair and brushing their teeth. In other settings such as in a nursing homes, OT’s engage in activities such as playing catch with patients which aids in bettering their mobility and hand eye coordination.
According to Virginia Stoffel, president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “We first look at a person — their physical, psychological and social abilities —and how they interact with occupation, which are the things a person wants to do throughout the day,” Stoffel said. “In addition, occupational therapists examine a person’s environment to ensure that he or she can carry out these daily activities safely and comfortably,” she added.
Occupational Therapy is Not Limited to English Speakers:
The United States is filled with all kinds of people from all over the world who speak various languages. Individuals oftentimes find themselves in situations where they need the advanced aid that OT can provide. The ability to speak English should not determine whether a person has access to the benefits of working with an occupational therapist. When there is a need for the assistance of an occupational therapist, partnering with a reputable language service company (LSC) can allow for the facilitation of communication when there is a language barrier present.
On-Site Interpretation Services for Occupational Therapy:
On-site interpretation is a vital resource that allows communication to be facilitated between people who speak different languages. On-site interpretation allows for the physical presence of an interpreter during an interpretation session. Due to the physical presence, on-site interpreters have an edge that gives them the ability to convey words, nuances, emotions as well as the overall essence of the message flawlessly. Seeing, hearing and even feeling elements associated with communication aids in providing the most accurate and well rounded interpretation. Having an on-site interpreter physically present can aid in making a patient feel calm and comfortable, allowing them to better perceive and take in the instructions being given by the occupational therapist. When instructions are so in depth and a bit hard to comprehend and follow, it’s important to ensure that the non-English speaking patient has the resources available to properly understand instructions. It’s also important the patient has the ability to communicate and express their thoughts and concerns, explain how they feel as well as ask questions.
Occupational therapy is an amazing resource that helps people get back on their feet and adjust to changes or situations that have occurred in their lives. This resource is vital to all qualified people regardless of the language they speak. When occupational therapy appointments are scheduled for non-English speaking patients it’s best to incorporate the use of a professional on-site interpreter in order to ensure all information is exchanged in a manner that allows everyone the opportunity to be on the same page. Hiring a language service company is the only way to gain access to highly trained, experienced and professional on-site interpreters. Don’t allow your non-English speaking patients to struggle through their OT appointments when there is a simple solution that can be implemented. Contact Niki’s Int’l Ltd., a LSC with over 20 years of experience breaking down language barriers and facilitating communication in various settings. Begin the incorporation of professional on-site interpretation services in order to allow your non-English speaking patients the opportunity to get the most out of their day to day lives.
Niki’s Int’l Ltd. is a WBENC-Certified Women Business Enterprise with 20 years of language service experience. A global network of highly skilled interpreters and translators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for on-site, telephonic and video remote interpretation services. Our linguists are available in over 350 languages and dialects, and our network includes certified interpreters and translators. Our work is guaranteed with a $1 Million Errors & Omissions policy, so that you can be confident that your project will be completed with the highest level of quality and professionalism within the field. For more information contact us at 1-877-567-8449 or visit our website at www.nilservices.com.