Occupational therapy and people with learning disabilities

A. Lillywhite, David Haines

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Occupational therapists work with people to promote health, prevent disability and developor maintain abilities (COT 2009). Within the area of learning disabilities occupational therapists have a wide variety of roles enabling people with learning disabilities to engage in occupationand promote their independence and community participation. They bring a unique understanding of the importance of engagement in occupation and arepassionate about their person-centred and practical role, which focuses on independence and requires them to be adaptable, flexible and creative problem-solvers. This research was commissioned by the College of Occupational Therapists and its Specialist Section - People with Learning Disabilities, with the aim of exploring and documenting the nature of occupational therapy practice with people with learning disabilities across the United Kingdom, from the perspectives of occupational therapists and support workers. This report outlines the findings and makes recommendations. This publication aims to:· Provide a comprehensive overview of the nature of occupational therapy practice for peoplewith learning disabilities in the UK. Inform, guide and support occupational therapy practice across the UK. Drive forward best practice in the field of learning disabilities, raising the profile ofoccupational therapy practice for the profession. Make recommendations for all occupational therapists, managers, commissioners, and to behelpful for carers, their families and others who work in the field of learning disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCollege of Occupational Therapists
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


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