As a rehabilitation therapist, you help to restore the functional capacity of a person to perform the activities of everyday life and become more mobile and self-sufficient.
A Rehabilitation therapist provides comprehensive rehabilitation therapy to people living with disabilities. They work with people who have a physical or mental handicap that limits their mobility and independence. And they assist them to regain their highest possible level of functioning and master the activities of daily living.
Studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the 10+2 level would be a prerequisite for admission into Rehabilitation courses.
The course offered at the UG level in this area is Bachelor of Rehabilitation Science (B.R.Sc.) The duration of the course is 3 years. After 12th, you can also do Diploma courses like Diploma in Rehabilitation Therapy (D.R.T.) of 2 years duration or Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation (D.V.R.) of 2 ½ years duration.
You can also do specializations at the UG level by choosing either B.Sc. in Special Education and Rehabilitation or B.S.E. in Special Education & Rehabilitation of 3 years duration.
After completing the Bachelor’s degree you can go for a Master’s in Rehabilitation Science (M.R.Sc.) . The duration of the course is 2 years.
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Rehabilitation therapists should be able to communicate effectively with clients. They have to express ideas and information in a simple and comprehensible way.
Rehabilitation therapists work with people who are having a lot of emotional, physical and psychological problems.They should have the ability to relate to clients and imagine and think from others’ point of view. They should have the expertise to empathize with the clients.
Good listening skills is one of the most important skills for rehabilitation therapists. They should have active listening in order to understand clients’ problems, concerns, and values and to help and suggest solutions to the client.
Rehabilitation therapists must have the patience to help clients learn new skills and strategies to live an independent life without the help of others.
Rehabilitation therapists must develop a treatment plan considering each client’s abilities and interests. Sometimes they will have to analyse the non verbal cues as well. They should be able to integrate both verbal and nonverbal cues and help their clients overcome their difficulties.