Reflection Paper On Occupational Therapy

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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. To look into these two significant learning events in more detail, one must understand the theory behind occupational therapy, and in order to do this, a few terms and concepts need to be defined and discussed. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, AOTA in 2008 and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, WFOT in 2010, “occupational therapy is the art and science of helping people do the day-to-day activities that are important and meaningful for their health and

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