Occupational Therapy is a therapy that blankets everything people do in their lives. Such a broad field can be very difficult to define. Unlike Physical Therapy who people instantly identify as a field that get people walking. In the past the vision of the field was broader. “In 2004 The Scenario were developed” a structure created with the Occupational Therapy framework.
An Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) work with an Occupational Therapist (OT) to treat patients who have difficulty performing work and daily activities due to illness, injury, and disability. An Occupational Assistant helps clients perform exercises as specified in a treatment plan and teaches them how to use equipment that make certain activities easier. An OTA works under the supervision of an OT and if state law permits, help develop treatment plans. Occupational Therapy Assistant also do administrative tasks, including writing a report on the patients progress. Occupational Therapy Assistant is a growing profession.
Clinical Microsystem Throughout the daily health care facility, microsystem is continuously at play. At my time in the hospital I observed register nurses, CNAs, physical therapist, and dietician come together effectively to help assist the patients overall safety and health concerns of the patient needs. I spent the day shadowing a nurse and observed the element of the microsystem at work. During this time, I recorded my observations of the nurse throughout the day such as patient care, tasks, medications, charting, and other duties.
Occupational therapy (OT) is a form of treatment for people recuperating from a physical or mental illness. It helps increase their quality of life by helping them return to or gain independence after an life-changing injury or diagnosis. Occupational therapy professionals help patients achieve rehabilitation through learning or relearning ways to complete required daily activities. Here at South University, the Occupational Therapy Assistant(OTA) program is a two-year Associate’s program for certification as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Many people can benefit from an Occupational Therapist and their patients come from a wide variety of injured individuals and diagnoses.
However, according to Kielhofner (2009), to practice occupational therapy, a professional identity is not enough. Occupational therapists require the knowledge, skills, and patience to understand, interpret and work with their clients to achieve a sense of ownership over their own life and actions. There are three distinct types of knowledge that influence an occupational therapist's
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. To me occupational therapy is a dynamic, rewarding, challenging, and inspiring field where I can fully realize my skills and knowledge. Having always been a firm believer in the patient-centric approach, I am passionate about providing excellent service to patients by improving their performance, preventing illness and disability and promoting adaptation to life
We should always guide and support our patients to help them learn gain new knowledge and to learn to live their life independently. We work with people of different religion, diversity and culture and we should have knowledge about it and we are committed to generate new knowledge for the welfare of people and society. Being an Occupational Therapy Assistant
Occupational therapy saved my family. Growing up with a sister with severe spastic cerebral palsy to include both cognitive and functional deficits, life existed on a day to day, hour by hour basis, as we were unsure of challenges each moment would bring. This all changed the moment occupational therapy brought quality of life back to me and my family. My very personal experience defined my purpose to become an occupational therapist, to pay the gift given my family forward.
Occupational therapy is a client centred profession with the main focus of assisting and supporting people to partake in everyday activities or occupations (World Federation of Occupational Therapists 2012). Occupation is closely linked to how individuals describe themselves and feel about themselves, with negative impacts on mental and physical health resulting from the inability to participate in desired or required occupations (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists 2015). Occupational therapists work with people and communities to improve their capacity to be involved in occupations by altering the occupation or the situation to better support their involvement (Occupational Therapy Australia 2015). This could involve teaching
According to Julia Wood (2004), “communication is a systemic process in which individuals interact with and through symbols to create and interpret meanings. However, Sheppard (1993) suggests that, in the nurse–patient relationship, communication involves more than the transmission of information; it also involves transmitting feelings, recognizing these feelings and letting the patient know that their feelings have been recognized (M, 1993)”. It is a two way process. The patient conveys their fears and concerns to their nurse and helps them make a correct nursing diagnosis.
In this paper, I will be reflecting on my first year as an Occupational Therapy student at the University of The Witwatersrand. While preparing to write this paper, 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 exponentially throughout this year. 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 has come about as a result of 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
When communicating with any individual it is my responsibility to consider and ensure that I adopt an appropriate style and method of communication. The style and method I choose to adopt will of course depend on the nature of the type of information needing to be shared and gained and also the individual whom I am interacting with. Effective communication within the care setting is paramount. The way in which we communicate can have both positive and negative impacts on relationships.
1.Describe, in your own words, how occupational therapy helps people. 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.