Occupational Therapy is a profession primarily centred around client-therapist interactions. The main objective of an occupational therapist (OT) is to empower and assist their clients in their return to everyday life and activities. Occupational therapists work with their clients for extended periods of time in order to ensure that they are able to participate in their normal daily routines with some degree of ease. OT's achieve this goal through building trust and rapport with their clients by representing themselves with the highest degree of professional identity and following the codes of conduct, to which ensures safety to all involved in the achievement of this goal. As occupational therapists work closely with a number of different
Occupational therapy is a health profession dedicated to supporting people in living their lives with meaning
I have always had the intense desire to care and look after people from a very young age. I firmly believe that everyone deserves the best quality of life possible and this is what had drawn me to occupational therapy as a career path in the first place. It is so easy to take for granted all the everyday tasks we can do and we seldom consider the effect of not being able to complete them. As an occupational therapist I would be able to make a positive impact on someone’s life and make it possible for them to enjoy their life. I want the opportunity to provide support to people, help them gain independence and watch them grow more confident in their own ability. I want to be part of such a rewarding career.
In this paper, I will be reflecting on my first year as an Occupational therapy student at the University of The Witwatersrand. While reflecting, I have come to realise that my viewpoint and understanding of the profession of Occupational Therapy and the importance of occupation to Occupational Therapy have developed substantially throughout this year. In my opinion, my previous understanding of OT and occupations in OT was very basic and shallow compared to what I understand of this topic currently. This growth in understanding came about due to many learning events such as lectures, fieldwork and activities, however, two of the most significant learning events I have personally experienced this year have had a major impact on my learning experience. These two learning events, which are prominent events within my first year of studying OT, include the OT June exam and making a chair in APT (Appropriate Paper-based Technology) for a child with Cerebal Paulsy and Microcephaly.
and intrigued by the mind-body connection as well as the importance of human activity and occupation in maintaining mental and physical well-being. At the same time, my desire to work directly with people and be able to make a positive and lasting change to their lives by empowering them and helping discover their strengths and confidence in themselves to achieve their goals, led me to a realization that a career in occupational therapy would be a perfect fit for me.
Occupational therapy allows a patient to work towards the goal of being able to perform basic everyday functional tasks. Therapy will differ for each patient, providing purposeful tasks that will allow the most growth for the specific individual needs. Being able to be an independent individual that can perform functional tasks is something that most people strive for, and if something happened that altered this way of life, it can be very stressful and even feel dehumanizing to the patient. Striving for independence and working with the therapists is something that will positively affect the patient's quality of life.
In all , being in this Occupational Therapy Assistance program has changed me . I am now a better friend more reliable and dependable to them. I am now a better mother more educated ,focused and have more empathy to my family and patience’s. I am now a better student willing to speak up first and work with others in a group. I have been able to provide clear effective communication thorough out my daily life
Although I did not originally start out pursuing a career in occupational therapy, my life experiences have eventually leaded me to this path. Working as an athletic trainer/ therapist for the past 5 years, and a strength and conditioning coach for
Approximately 140 institutions offer master’s degree level programs and 5 offer doctoral degree level programs. “(Personnelcenter) You must obtain a license to practice by the National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapy (Personnelcenter) plus supervised clinical work for approximately 16 weeks plus the study of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, neurology, psychology, human growth and development, occupational therapy theory and treatment techniques, and the impact of disability on daily life and work skills.
Occupational therapy is a valuable tool used to aid patients in daily living activities, sustain mobility, and retain freedom and independence. Occupational therapists and therapy assistants intervene with therapeutic tasks that are personalized to motivate and encourage patients. Occupational therapy can aid individuals across the lifespan. Some patients require early intervention, such as those born with a birth defect, while others may not require occupational therapy until the geriatric stage, such as those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
The career that was chosen is Adventure Therapist. Adventure Therapist uses outdoor exercise to fix problems. Some Adventure Therapist goes to an outdoor school for work. Others get to travel for work. They need the strength to do some of the things that they need to do. Adventure Therapist need to be careful a lot a people that are being helped have a criminal past. The career cluster for Adventure Therapist is in the health science cluster . The Holland type is social. You need a college or university 's degree. It will take four years to get the degree. One of the major is physical Ed. The salary is 84,000. You can go all over the world. There are more and more people doing this career. It’s traditional. A related career is recreational
An unknown author once said “Having a child with Down syndrome is like taking the scenic route. You still get where you are going. It may take a little longer, but it will be well worth the trip!” (Moyer, 2012). Throughout this trip we call life many different professions find themselves walking along side these individuals to enhance their journey. One of the professions to take their place on the road is Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapists have the unique role of incorporating the clients skills and occupational performance into a intervention that is both purposeful and meaningful in order to achieve a specific outcome that increases an individual’s participation in activities of daily living. Occupational Therapists
As the profession grows and evolve, so will the educational aspect of our profession. Occupational therapy educators and practitioners will be a catalyst within our profession in order to build on prior knowledge and experience and integrate new knowledge, experiential learning, and clinical reasoning to promote the integration of philosophical and theoretical knowledge that aligns with our values, ethics, and technical skills (Haynes & Jones,
Once I have completed the master 's program for occupational therapy, I then want to specialize in occupational therapy for infants. After I have passed all the exams in order to be licensed, I would ideally want to work in a private practice or would like to provide occupational therapy services to the client’s in their residential area.
Eight schools of Occupational Therapy were established. The American Occupational Therapy Association started standards for practitioners. Accreditation of educational programs became a stated function of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and basic educational standards were developed. Graduating from an appropriate school became the prerequisite to be able to practice.