October is an Occupational Therapy month
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is concerned with helping people to be independent and successful in carrying out tasks/activities that they need to complete throughout the day – this may include self-care, home management, work, school or extra-curricular activities.
How does Occupational Therapy work?
During an Occupational Therapy assessment it may be discovered that obstacles to independence result from problems with balance, movement (stiffness, contractures, mechanics), strength, endurance, coordination, visual-perceptual skills, cognition or mental health. These problem areas are then addressed and rehabilitated.
How can you become an Occupational Therapist?
To become an OT (Occupational Therapist), you first need an undergraduate degree (with prerequisite courses). You can then apply for the OT program which is roughly 2 years in length. In the program you can expect to focus on anatomy, physiology, and how to evaluate and rehabilitate clients with different diagnosis (this will include clinical placements or “hands-on” experience).
What are work environments and areas of Occupational Therapy specialization?
Possibilities after graduation are endless. You may choose to work in inpatient (hospital), outpatient clinics, nursing homes, home health and community, or vocational (work/industrial) settings. Education continues beyond graduation as you will be expected by the OT board to further your learning, but now you can select topics that interest you! Along those lines you may elect to specialize in hand therapy (including burns therapy), pediatrics (kids), vocational (work/industrial), mental health, etc.
Our Occupational Therapist Katarzyna Calow has experience in all of the above areas, but has chosen to focus on the ‘Hand and Upper Limb’ while incorporating occupational rehabilitation.