In Summary - Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
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The Work - Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
A Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (also known as Orientation and Mobility officers) first task is to assess the orientation and mobility needs of a person with vision impairment and to plan, deliver, monitor and regularly review the individual's training programme.
The programme can incorporate:
- Teaching a person to maximise use of their usable vision
- Body, spatial and environmental awareness
- Use of sensory clues
- Orientation and mobility skills within the home, work and school or college
- Road safety awareness
- Independent travel skills
Mobility officer's work on a one-to-one basis with a person with vision impairment, giving advice and guidance.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and propioceptive information.
- Assess clients' functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.
- Teach clients to travel independently using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
- Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.
- Teach cane skills including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
- Train clients with visual impairments to use mobility devices or systems such as human guides, dog guides, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
- Recommend appropriate mobility devices or systems such as human guides, dog guides, long canes, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
- Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.
- Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.
- Develop rehabilitation or instructional plans collaboratively with clients, based on results of assessments, needs, and goals.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Developing Objectives and Strategies Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
Interests - Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
You will need a caring, supportive attitude and a practical approach to problem solving. You must have good teaching abilities and good communication skills. You must be able to listen carefully and ask the appropriate questions to find out more about individuals needs. You should have a good understanding of disability issues and social model of service delivery.