The Effects Of Occupational Therapists On Occupational Therapy

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Diversity in Occupational Therapy While there are many ways that a person can specialize in the field of occupational therapy, one of the profession’s draws exists in the potential for variety and diversity. The goal of occupational therapy is to provide therapies and alternatives that allow clients to return to the things that they need to be able to do, and the things they want to be able to do. This is obviously a broad definition, and one that can be achieved in various groups, and through various methods. Occupational therapists can specialize in hand therapy, stroke rehabilitation, driving, community mobility, low vision patients, pediatrics, or geriatrics. In any of these specialties, a therapist can address their patient’s daily living activities, leisure, work, education, or social participation. An increased ability to participate in any of these activities can be facilitated through a variety of treatments: splinting, modalities, adaptive equipment, task modification, environmental modification, or activities centered on desired occupations. While this kind of variety certainly plays a role in a career as an occupational therapist, what keeps a therapist intrigued is the diversity in their clients. Even within an area of specialization, therapists can encounter clients that vary in age, ethnicity, disability, and diagnosis. Gender differences in certain sectors of occupational therapy are more or less common in different sectors. Over 90% of occupational
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