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Transcript of Occupational Therapy
How Occupational Therapy Fits In
What Does It Take To Become An Occupational Therapist
So if you are a compassionate person with a goal in life to help people and families overcome obstacles, and want be creative in doing so, then becoming an Occupational Therapist may be a career for you.
What is Occupational Therapy?
"occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations)." (aota)
"how are they doing"
"How we make it better"
Measure progress to see if a person is meeting their goals and change treatment if they are not making progress
Just like a teacher does with students
"what can a person do"
Where Can You Find An OT?
Therapy Centers/Rehab Centers
Nursing Home Facilities
Home Health Care
What Professions Work Side-By-Side OTs?
High School Diploma
4 year college degree
A Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) On average this takes 2-3 yrs to complete and requires in class work as well as fieldwork
The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC is the only OT school in South Carolina
Licensing & Certification
All states require a license to practice Occupational Therapy
Most require national certification by the National Board of Occupational Therapy
33% growth from 2010-2020
Top 15 jobs in the country
National median salary: $78,810
Average hourly wage $38
Average salary: $70,000
Day In The Life of An Occupational Therapist
May see 6-10 patients a day and each patient is treated individually based on their own personal goals and needs. Patients can be treated in hospitals, clinics, at home, or at school.
In between seeing patients a therapist will have administrative duties involving making phone calls, charting (writing notes about each patient), and participating in staff/business meetings
Characteristics of Clients Include:
Increase range of motion
Focus on both gross and fine motor skills
"Occupational therapy practitioners focus the client transaction process toward the end-goal of supporting health and participation in life through engagement in occupation" (American Journal of Occupational Therapy, AOTA, 2008)
Analysis of Occupational Performance
From newborns to the elderly
Behavioral & emotional conditions
Adaptation & Modification
Introduce technological aids
Adjust home environment
Encourage positive thinking
Construct splints and other aids
Customized look at movement, strength, Activities of Daily Living, vision, coordination, cognitive functions, sensory integration, and ability to perform specific tasks.
Use the information to determine individual goals
Individualized activities to improve a person's ability to perform daily activities and reach their goals.
History of Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy became more closely aligned and identified with organized medicine, which led to the beginning of a more scientific approach (Wendel)
Often referred to as the "rehabilitation movement," and occupational therapists were called to organize and run rehabilitation programs for injured veterans. In addition, other medical advances were extending to treating other conditions including those with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and cerebral palsy. (Wendel)
The entire medical profession moved towards specialization, and occupational therapy followed suit. Services for individuals with developmental disabilities and pediatric disorders expanded greatly during this time (Wendel)
Occupational therapy became more involved in education, prevention, screening programs and health maintenance efforts. "Quality of life" was becoming increasingly accepted as a goal of occupational therapy intervention (Wendel)
First practitioners in OT profession, called reconstructive aides, worked during World War I to rehabilitate disabled soldiers and civilian patients. They addressed the need of these soldiers for care beyond wound repair.They helped them recapture purpose in their lives by giving them something useful to do (Wendel)
Occupational therapy expanded beyond serving people with physical impairments to include those with mental illness (Wendel)
In May 2002, the American Occupational Therapy Association adopted a revised framework of practice for the profession. This was done to provide occupational therapists with richer language and constructs to more accurately and fully explain what they do that is unique from other health disciplines. The new practice framework, Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, returns to the roots of participation in occupation as the focus of the profession. The field of occupational therapy is an ever-evolving and dynamic profession (Wendel)
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pros and cons http://www.mockquestions.com/position/Occupational+Therapist/prosandcons/
use fun activities to help children reach their goals
and what are they having trouble doing