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What is Occupational Therapy?

Published August 29, 2014 11:39 AM by Tim Banish
At one time or another you probably had to answer this question if you attended school to become an Occupational Therapist. I'm still not sure if there is an easy answer to this question as there are so many areas where OTs work. The real confusing part is much of the information found via an internet search. I've found some of that information to be misleading, and only a few places where the subject matter is close to the actual work involved as a COTA.

One site I frequent had COTA salaries posted in the 90K per year range at one time. That's way off unless you're working two jobs. In my best years before Medicare cuts I never earned anywhere close to that. I do know a few OTRs who make near that amount, but they are working one full time job and one or two part time jobs.

A site I just found  has some pretty good information about Occupational Therapy although much more could be added to it. Many of the topics they cover have links to pages with additional information, but again more could be added. Then there are some places where information needs to be deleted, especially information about aides. I haven't seen/worked with an OT aide in years, and doubt there is anyone working in that capacity anymore. Another site found  has good general information on it, but it really lacks any in-depth explanations.

So what is your definition of Occupational Therapy? I've always said it's helping people become a person again following an injury or illness. Short and simple, but I'll add more detail if the questioner is interested. Again with so many areas covered by OT there could be several correct definitions, but the main focus remains the same, to help people gain independence with life skills.

Until next time, hope all your "Thoughts" are Good-

Tim



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