Tulsa, Oklahoma (PressExposure) August 14, 2009 -- Occupational therapy deals with rehabilitating physically and emotionally disabled individuals, who find it difficult to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
- Occupational therapy was born in the context of World War I when returning soldiers needed help.
- The field has now expanded to include people from all walks of life finding it cumbersome to lead a meaningful and enjoyable existence.
- The occupational therapist helps these individuals get back to a normal life, where they could be an active part of the society.
- In other words, the occupational therapist helps the individual maximize his skills and abilities to perform better at his job, school, or environment so he could sustain himself for a fruitful existence and contribute to his family and society in order to live life to its fullest.
Occupational therapy jobs in todayâs healthcare industry are on the rise. The education of occupation therapy practitioners involves the study of human growth and development. Special emphasis is laid on the different aspects of illness and injury â physical, emotional, psychological, socio-cultural, cognitive and environmental.
- Occupational therapy includes involving in and creating intervention programs to improve the individualâs ability for day-to-day living, while assessing and cultivating the individualâs performance skills
- Recommending necessary adaptations on the part of the individual following comprehensive evaluations
- Employing equipment that would help in the individualâs successful adaptation and training the individual in using the equipment
- Finally, the occupational therapistâs job would not be complete without giving feedback and offering guidance to parents and family members or those taking care of the individual.
A masterâs or a doctorate degree in occupational therapy is required for enrolling in occupational therapy jobs in todayâs healthcare industry as certified occupational therapists (OTR). An associate degree would be required for becoming a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).
The challenges of the modern world have made occupational therapy a vital tool for putting back in the race of life, those whoâve been left behind.