Here are examples of the tasks and skills OTs might focus on: Self-care routines like getting dressed (fine motor skills and motor planning) Writing and copying notes (fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination) Holding and controlling a pencil, using scissors (fine motor skills, motor planning)
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In its simplest terms, 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).
There are 8 areas of occupation that OTs are trained in: Activities of daily living (ADLs) Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) Sleep and rest. Work. Education. Play. Leisure. Social participation.
The short answer is: YES, occupational therapy school is hard . But so is physical therapy school, nursing school, medical school, pharmacy school, physician’s assistant school, etc. All healthcare degrees are going to be challenging, and for good reason.
OTA is a dying field . There are NO jobs. If you love OT and have some flexibility about getting a job maybe go ahead. If you need to be able to support yourself or a family, I would look at other fields.
Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.
There is often a combination of stressful , draining times and exciting, fulfilling times while working as an occupational therapy practitioner.
This pathway would generally take 5 to 5 ½ years (3 years for the undergraduate degree and 2 to 2 ½ years for the master’s program). There may be prerequisite subjects that you must complete in your undergraduate course to be eligible to apply for a master’s program to become an Occupational Therapist .
At your first appointment, the occupational therapist will: Perform an evaluation to determine a baseline status for the tissues to be treated including range of motion, strength, balance. Discuss with you and set appropriate goals that are function based that will guide further treatment sessions.
AOTA defines occupational therapy as “the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do” as well as “[enabling] people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent… injury, illness, or disability.”
Eleanor Clark Slagle
Occupational therapists often work with people with mental disabilities, injuries, or impairments in order to reinforce their independence and self-esteem. Other conditions OT can help with include: Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. Developmental delay. Dyspraxia. Learning Difficulties. Sensory Processing Disorder. Spina Bifida.
What are the 5 Domains of Occupational Therapy? Occupations, Client Factors , Performance Skills , Performance Patterns & Contexts and Environments.