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About Occupational Therapy

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Father in wheelchair and Child demonstrating freedom
What is Occupational Therapy?

Instead of asking you "what is the matter," occupational therapists ask "what matters to you?"

Life is composed of "occupations," day-to-day activities that we find meaningful and purposeful. Occupations vary from person to person and may include roles such as being a parent, a friend, a student, a spouse, an athlete, a painter, a traveler and so on. We tend to take occupations for granted until we encounter challenges that prevent us from doing them. Occupational therapists teach people who find their occupational roles to be disrupted by injury, illness or other health-related challenges how to once again engage in the occupations they value.

What is the Role of an Occupational Therapist?

Why struggle to learn how to drive after an injury?

Why struggle to get dressed after a stroke?

Why struggle to cook a meal or care for your family when you are recovering post mastectomy?

Occupational therapists are holistic, health care professionals who have learned how to apply evidence-based interventions to improve a person’s psychological, physical, emotional and social participation. They assist individuals in setting achievable goals, stay healthy, productive and independent, and participate in everyday activities. Occupational therapists enjoy the satisfaction of helping people live life to its fullest!

What is the Career Outlook for Occupational Therapists?

Occupational therapists may find themselves working in diverse work settings, serving people of all ages. The employment outlook for occupational therapists is great! The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that “Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 29% between 2012 and 2022, growth to be much faster than the average for all occupations.” This is a great time to be an occupational therapy practitioner. Don't just take our word for it. It consistently ranks high as one of the top jobs, and recession-proof job:

See more at: http://www.aota.org/education-careers/considering-ot-career/joboutlook.aspx