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About Occupational Therapy on Brainscape

What is ​Occupational Therapy​?

Occupational therapy can be defined as the use of activities to aid recovery and rehabilitation either from a physical or mental illness.

Occupational therapists or OTs often work with people who have injuries, mental health problems, or disabilities. Whilst OTs do prepare programs for people to return to their occupations, the word “occupation” in this sense is used to as a meaningful activity for that individual.

Occupational therapists will often work within in a team of primary healthcare providers to bring a holistic approach. The team may include a combination of nurses, doctors, speech therapists, physical therapists, audiologists and clinical psychologists.

What's the Difference between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy?

There is confusion as to the difference between an OT and a PT and whilst they do have similarities the main difference is that an OT focuses on helping an individual carry out tasks for daily living whilst a PT will focus on helping a client regain physical movement of a part of the body.

Both roles help people to recover after injury or illness and both will work one-on-one with a patient to help assist and improve their daily activities. It might be that a stroke patient works with a PT initially to regain muscular strength and then an OT to start relearning how to bathe, dress and walk again.

Careers in ​Occupational Therapy

To become an OT you’ll need to complete an undergraduate program in a subject such as sociology, psychology, kinesiology, anthropology, or biology and then you’ll need to attend one of the Occupational Therapist Schools typically for two years to complete a Masters. However, there’s also accelerated five-year study programs available and after either study route, you’ll need to pass a licensing exam to practice.

Occupational therapy is an exceptionally rewarding career. Typically, you’ll get involved with a patient and work with them on an ongoing basis to help them achieve realistic goals often after an illness or injury. Working one-on-one you’ll think out-of-the-box sometimes to provide an individual program of therapy to help your patients readjust to life and regain their independence.

Whether it’s helping a disabled child tie their shoelaces, a stroke patient prepare a snack or a veteran walk down the aisle to marry his fiancee, occupational therapists are in a unique position to build confidence and witness individuals achieve personal goals after adversity.

In short, your work is not just well-respected it’s life-changing and you’ll be there along the way giving encouragement and seeing the tremendous impact on people’s lives.

Whilst you are training to become an OT you’ll rotate and gather experience in various sectors of occupational therapy. Consequently, you can choose to specialize in an area that you excel and find particularly rewarding be it helping children, mental health patients, veterans or stroke patients.

In the US occupational therapists are in higher demand than in other countries due to the fact that the US has a larger number of military veterans requiring occupational therapy after combat. Median salaries are very competitive and are in excess of $80,000.  

If you’d like to find out more about occupational therapy then The American Occupational Therapy Association is a great resource or you could also try the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Study.com have some great information about study paths for OT’s which you can check out here. Or why not check out this great video which shows a day in the life of OT Lani Hessen.

Learning Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy students need to learn medical terminology and concepts whilst honing problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Therefore, as an OT, each case you deal with is individual and different and you’ll need to draw on your base of anatomical and medical knowledge as well as practical experience.

Brainscape is an ideal supplementary tool for OT students. As you learn with Brainscape you’ll be able to master foundational medical knowledge and concentrate on perfecting your practical skills.

Occupational Therapy in Brainscape

To become an OT you’ll have to pass the NBCOT® Exam and to help you prepare you can use thousands of Occupational Therapy flashcards prepared by top students and professors. Students studying OT might also find other Brainscape pages useful such as medical terminology, pediatrics, anatomy, human biology, neuropsychiatry, and pathophysiology.

If it’s your dream to become an OT and you need great college grades then check out the AP Biology and AP Chemistry study guides.                                                                                           

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