If you are an occupational therapist, your role is to help promote mobility and function, adapt environments, modify tasks, and eliminate barriers to independence. As an occupational therapist on the Apex Social program, you will have a unique opportunity to use your training as you work closely with the children in your host family.
Approximately 80% of our host families have children with special needs (including autism, learning disabilities, genetic or neurological disabilities, and developmental delays) providing ample opportunity to put your career experience into practice. Our goal is to place you with a host family where your skills and the family’s needs are compatible. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about a family’s particular special need requirements when you are interviewing with families.
Common Care Needs:
Therapeutic stretching and exercises
Taking children to therapy appointments
Working with family to achieve developmental milestones and other goals
Hygiene care and feeding
Adapting the home environment
Improving mobility and function
Helping children to adapt fully to school and social situations
In addition, you may also be responsible for the following types of care, relevant to children with or without special needs, including:
Preparing healthy meals
Helping with bathing children, toileting and bedtime routines