Corazon de Swiss

November 12, 2007

What’s an OT?

Filed under: It's All About Me,NaBloPoMo,Random Cheesiness,Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 8:16 pm

I don’t get to talk about my work a lot because I am in healthcare and I am bound by the law to not talk about my patients, etc.  But I can talk about my profession.  So, I’m an occupational therapist.  And I bet there’s a lot of you out there wondering what it is an occupational therapist does.  Here’s the official word from AOTA (The American Occupational Therapy Association- the national association {I am a card carrying member}) on the definition of occupational therapy:
Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives.  Occupational therapy assists people in developing the “skills for the job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives.

And here is the Wikipedia definition:
Occupational therapy refers to the use of meaningful occupation to assist people who have difficulty in achieving healthy and balanced life; and to enable an inclusive society so that all people can participate to their potential in daily occupations of life. 

And here is the Swiss definition of Occupational therapy:  When people are sick, hurt, injured or otherwise unable to do the things they want/need to do to be functional people, we help them adapt the way they do things, the environment in which they do things, or provide them with the tools they need to do things.  Or in three words: We help people. 

Enough with the seriousness!  Here’s some funny things about occupational therapists:

You might be an occupational therapist if:
You’ve secretly evaluated your family, friends and even the dog.
You know everyone self-stims every once in a while.
You think the whole world could benefit from a little Occupational therapy.

Top 10 Reasons to Stay Up Late With An Occupational Therapist:
10. OT’s use adaptive equipment and devices!
9. OT’s use the FULL range of motion!
8. OT’s are adaptable!
7. OT’s grade the activity for optimal performance!
6. OT’s do it with a purpose!
5. OT’s use proper positioning!
4. OT’s do it for phyiscal and mental health!
3. OT’s do it actively and passively!
2. OT’s do it in groups!
1. OT’s do it creatively!

Have you hugged an occupational therapist today?

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1 Comment »

  1. I love your top 10! Too funny!

    Unfortunately, I have not hugged an OT lately…I can barely refrain from killing the OT who “works” in my classroom. Her idea of therapy is to come sit in a chair and eat the kids snacks. OY!

    Comment by Erin — November 24, 2007 @ 4:27 pm |Reply


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