I am currently a senior in the Occupational Therapy program. As I prepare to go out on fieldwork in the upcoming semesters, reflecting on how music relates to occupational therapy has had a benefit in my thinking of my future job. I have had the amazing opportunity to be working with children with disabilities for many years. Most of the children I have worked with have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as, “a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others” (“About Autism | Autism Society" 1). Along with affecting communication and interaction, a lot of children have difficulty with the processing
I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be placed at your clinic as a student of Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant on the Rehab unit. I believe that the services you have to offer are incredibly unremarkable such acute care and specialized programs. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge about Trillium Health Care Hospital and what it has to offer.
“In support of the Centennial Vision, in accordance with AOTA, Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation, has been identified as a key practice area in the 21st century” (AOTA n.d.). But what is a disability and what does it mean to rehabilitate? To rehabilitate means to bring something back to its original state. A disability is defined as “anyone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability” (ADA 2015). In correlation with disabilities and rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient are the two prominent sites in rehabilitative care. Inpatient rehabilitation commonly refers to physician and therapy services one would receive during a stay in a hospital or if
This activity is appropriate for age approximately 2 and above with supervision from a parent or care provider. This activity can be done both individually and as a group; however, it is usually done individually. This activity can be used in different ways depending on how client sets a goal for one’s occupational therapy session. For example, if the client wants to gain an ability to perform ADL alone without assistance, it is a perfect starting point to re-learn the ability to perform oral hygiene with several modifications and adaptation. The targeted population is broad: from pediatrics to older adults because it is one of the essential ADLs that people engage in every day. In addition, this would also benefit pediatrics to facilitate
You ever get that good feeling from helping someone that 's in need. Its many people that needs help or healing in their life. Some need spiritually healing and some need healing physically. He people that help them are amazing people. That 's why I want to become a therapy assistant. I want to help people get back on their feet mentally and physically. This a great occupation to have.
Occupational therapy provides assistance for those who are in need of assistance with daily living and work skills. These specialists work with people of various demographics to handle normal life challenges in a safe and healthy manner.
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.
A volunteer experience of mine that comes to mind is one that is probably my most favorite volunteer experience yet. It is one that I get to do at my very own school called DUCK Week (Doing Unselfish Charities for Kids), which is a week long event that I have been a part of since I joined Piedmont Schools as a second grader. What makes this charity unique is that it focuses only on a member or a few members in our very own community, which is why we are able to be so successful with it. It is easier for someone to understand the need to help when it is someone that they may know. This small town in Oklahoma rallies around community members and together we raise funds to help those in need. DUCK WEEK began in 2004 when a group of student council
For the practice of Occupational Therapy it teaches meaningful, functional, and adaptive life skills; it is a profession that enhances activities of daily living (ADL), and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL). IADL’s including community mobility, is a critical area for the United States citizens. Driving is an instrumental activity that needs addressed with each client for safety and testing motor movements. Between 2002 and 2012, more than 1.5 million U.S. soldiers returned to the United States after an active duty Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA], 2012a). Soldiers are trained specifically to what branch of service they’re going into. Going through strict training their units,
H.G is a 17 year old adolescent male. He is 5 feet 11 inches, and weighs about 170 pounds. H.G was born in September 07, 1997 in Miami, FL and has lived in the area all his life. H.G has three siblings from his mother’s second marriage all boys whose ages are fourteen, eleven and ten. H.G has been raised with Christian beliefs but did not have a structured religious formation. H.G mother is a housewife and his stepfather is an electrician. H.G father passed away in 2008 when H.G was 10 years old. During his childhood H.G went through much emotional turmoil. H.Gs parent would often fight, HGs mother never got along with H.G paternal grandmother. H.G mother and stepfather
Multiple drivers surviving a serious car crash generally require some form of occupational therapy for recovery. The Occupational Therapist, conducts comprehensive driving evaluations by developing plans for the individual to continue driving, or assist the person in transitioning from driver to passenger. These decisions are based upon clinical assessments of the individual’s vision, cognition, motor performance, reaction time, and knowledge of traffic rules, as well as provide a behind-the wheel assessment of one’s driving skills.
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.
Occupation is the Word that defines the occupational therapy profession, and it can use it for both ways occupation as a process or occupation as end or goals. Maybe that it will be confusing for personnel outside the profession and that’s why we need to educate and explain it every day. As clinicians, we need to clarify it in patient goals and daily documentations. Also, as managers, we need to promote our profession with occupations and their meaning for our clients. When we use occupation as a goal is simpler to everyone else accept their obvious meaning. But when we use the occupations as the process we helped patients to engage in the occupations to improve every step they need to reach their own goals in occupations that define their
The purpose of this review is to summarize the current literature related to the potential for simultaneous occupational therapy (OT) interventions to decrease side effects of dialysis. Dialysis is a complex treatment option for individuals experiencing chronic kidney disease (CKD). Although dialysis helps to sustain life, those receiving treatment can potentially experience life-long physical, psychological, and social problems resulting from the side effects of dialysis (Chau et al., 2003). Occupational therapy is one approach to potentially improve patients’ deficits from dialysis. Occupational therapists (OTs) are healthcare professionals skilled to thoroughly address patients’ impairments in completing daily life activities. Particularly,
Occupational therapist work around the world with a vast variety of different patients ranging from geriatrics to pediatrics. There are many different variables and obstacles that occupational therapist face in working with their patients. It remains unknown whether an occupational therapist intervention with a pediatric is affected by parent involvement. In this review there is a variety of reviews exploring the effect of the parent-child relationship, family-centered practices, intervention with an occupational therapist, and social development. The background of each author is considered also including the intended audience.