I Want to Become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therpaist

569 WordsFeb 19, 20182 Pages
My chosen career path is to be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist and proceed to graduate school to become an Occupational Therapist. Lifespan can affect my career depending on what age group I am working with. For example, the older generation is now living longer so I must acquire the skills to assist their leisure and recreational needs because not many adaptions have been made. If I am working with a person who is 80 years old and wants to ability to paint her nails again, I will have to adapt the tools I am given so she can grip the nail polish handle again. When I am working with kids I must be aware of what stage they are at in life. If they are in preoperational stage they won’t have the ability to think how others feel. Also, knowing that they are in this stage I can utilize what activities we do because this stage they are known for engaging in a lot of symbolic play. Lastly, lifespan development influences my career because it helps me understand who they are and why they act the way they do. If a young girl has an eating disorder, I could find the what’s causing it. I might find out she hit puberty earlier triggering this behavior and can help her cope with that. Therefore, by understanding my client’s background I can personalize the therapy to meet her needs. There is a good chance that I will be working with adolescents and so sleep is a very important concept for me to keep in mind. If they didn’t a good night sleep by not getting nine to ten

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