A baby who is not reaching developmental milestones.
A high school student with autism who is struggling to make friends and stay focused in school.
An adult woman who is recovering from a car accident.
An elderly man who recently survived a stroke.
What do all of these people have in common? The fact that they could benefit from an occupational therapy intervention.
Occupational therapy (OT) is a health career with a focus on helping people become independent and engage in activities of daily living and activities they find meaningful. Occupational therapists use client-centered therapies to help people of all ages and abilities “develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.” (U.S. Bureau of Labor)
OT’s work in a variety of healthcare settings and with a wide range of populations. For example, therapists can work with:
- children in private clinics
- adults at a driver rehabilitation and assessment program
- teens in a community based program
- recovering patients in a hospital’s acute care unit.
There are traveling OT’s that work all over the country, OT’s who practice and teach in graduate programs and OT’s who do important research for state and federal organizations. Basically, OT’S are everywhere!
If you want to know more about pursuing a career in occupational therapy, this free ebook by Abby Brayton-Chung of OT Cafe and Christie Kiley of Mama OT is a great resource that addresses many common questions about the profession, such as pursuing OT as a second career, deciding whether to become an OT or an OTA, and what OTs actually do in practice! Click on the graphic below to check it out.
To find out more about what occupational therapy looks like in action, you can watch this video to see occupational therapy’s role in a variety of settings or check out the “Day in the Life of an OT” series on OT Cafe!