Today’s video was created by the students in the Canadian University of British Columbia’s MOT (Master of Occupational Therapy) class of 2013. The students created this video as an entry in a contest to promote OT and it won first place! Once you watch it, I’m sure you’ll understand why.
I love this video because it does a great job of explaining the variety of ways in which occupational therapists can help people of all ages and stages with all kinds of diagnoses. For example, the video includes adult and youth characters with a diverse range of physical, psychological and social deficits or disabilities. Early in the video, an older female character states that she would like to continue gardening, but that it is difficult because of her arthritis. Later, a young child says that he wants to make friends but that it is challenging because of his autism. Including such a wide range of people and problems in this video is a great way to showcase the many populations and areas of practice occupational therapists work within.
I think that this video is also a great resource to use for the promotion of this amazing profession. In just three minutes, it demonstrates the complex challenges occupational therapy consumers face and the creative, evidence-based treatments their therapists design to meet their needs. I’m so excited to become a practicing OT in a couple of years and interact with people like the characters in this video – from pediatrics to geriatrics, strengthening to social skills, and everything in between!
Ultimately, I think that the most important aspect of this video is its focus on the functional goals that each character has and how OT helps them achieve these goals. This video shows that the practice of occupational therapy is more than just physical rehabilitation, therapeutic play or recommending adaptive equipment. Occupational therapy is a multidisciplinary profession that incorporates physical medicine, psychology and a uniquely holistic perspective to help people return to their meaningful occupations and thus function optimally in their lives.
I hope you enjoy this video and share it with the people in your life who could use a better understanding of the awesomeness that is OT!
For more information about the UBC MOT program, you can go here: http://osot.ubc.ca/