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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