Monthly Archives: May 2012

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I am an OT.  Occupational Therapist.  To be more specific, I have been a pediatric Occupational Therapist for over 16 years.  And no, I don’t help kids find jobs.

The American Occupational Therapy Association describes the role of an Occupational Therapist as someone who “helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).”  That means we OTs use activities to help people achieve their goals and participate in the activities that are important to their lives.  In contrast, Physical Therapists largely use exercises to help people improve skills to achieve goals.

Because I work with children, the activites that are most important in their lives relate to learning to become independent, playing, and requirements at school.  And children inherently learn through play.  So my job is to “play” with children all day!  At least that’s what it…

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The Beginning of Another Journey

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This blog is going to be about my learning process: my current journey of trying to get into occupational therapy (OT) graduate school as a second time applicant, life, and everything in between.

The views expressed in this blog are mine and are no way endorsed by my employers, dog, or university I attended. I hope to use this as a space for my own self reflection to keep inspiring myself and other future OT students like me, everywhere!

I graduated in May 2011 with a BS in Community Health; concentrations in Rehabilitation/Disability Studies and Health Education and  Promotion. I first discovered OT in high school when my grandmother had a stroke. Through getting to know her OT and seeing the power of therapy, I knew that this was the path for me. Since then, I have immersed myself into the field. My path to becoming an OT continually shapes me into the person I am today.

In college, I became more involved in volunteering and working with people with disabilities. I have also observed OT in the school, clinic, and hospital settings. I currently work as a rehab aide, play group instructor, and special needs babysitter. The people I work with inspire and teach me every day. Everything I have experienced so far will help me become the best therapist I can be.

I want to assure people that they are not alone in this. If I have been able to share my story with just one person, I have truly succeeded. I hope to continually update the aspiring OT student community out there with my own experiences as well as my reapplication process of getting into graduate school and ultimately becoming a licensed OT.