Occupational Therapy

Imagine the amount of work necessary for an individual who has survived a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury to relearn necessary daily tasks. These individuals may have to relearn how to do something as seemingly simple as brushing their teeth or buttoning their shirts. Their muscles may have forgotten how to climb stairs. The use of fine motor skills, such as those used to hold a spoon to eat cereal, may also be a challenge. In every way the skills involved in necessary daily functions have been altered.

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Now imagine a six-year-old boy with autism. The boy may struggle to stay focused on classroom material and have a difficult time sitting still at his desk, which in turn affects his ability to learn. He may also struggle with social interactions, having a difficult time making eye contact or interacting with his peers. Finally, imagine an 85-year-old woman who lives independently. While she is not disabled, she may begin having a difficult time driving, climbing stairs, and even bathing herself due to her advanced age. There are, however, some exercises and strategies she can engage in to prevent injury or disability.

The job of an occupational therapist is to assist all three of these individuals, along with people with a wide array of other

What are the different employment settings an occupational therapist can work in?

The majority of occupational therapists today work in hospitals and school systems. However, they can also be employed in a wide variety of other settings including clinics, nursing homes, private practices, mental health hospitals, community-based settings, work settings, home health agencies, and travel companies.

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Occupational therapists have a great deal of job opportunities in the military as well, working with veterans who have sustained combat related injuries and the families of these veterans. Occupational therapists who work in the military may be assigned military hospitals, rehab centers, or posts or bases where military families and schools are located to provide services to their children.

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            • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
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            • Students adopt a dedication to service, healing, and helping others.
            • Provides scientific research in collaboration with prestigious universities, such as Yale, Oxford, and Southwestern Medical School.
            • Features a full-service wellness clinic, serving over 500 patients daily.
            • Parker Seminars has become the largest chiropractic seminar organization in the world, with over 5000 attendees yearly.
            • Average teacher to student ratio is 1:13.5.
            • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
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            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Serving as America’s technical career education specialists for 75 years.
            • Offers accelerated associate degree programs that can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor degree programs in as little as 3 years.
            • Provides associate, bachelor, master, and online degree programs in nearly 40 technical and business management skills programs.
            • Chooses its faculty members for their talent, expertise, and practical experience.
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            South University , Virginia Beach
            • Began in 1899 as Draughon’s Practical Business College.
            • Features campuses that are heavily engaged in their respective communities, providing professional service from students and faculty.
            • Offers financial aid, scholarships, and counseling for both active and post-duty military students.
            • Has 15 campuses across the United States, as well as 4 art institutes in North Carolina and Texas.
            • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
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            Fortis Institute , Montgomery
            • Provides a 24/7 myCampusLink system that lets students access their records, e-mail, communicate with faculty, and more.
            • Designated a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
            • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
            • Offers career education in nursing, dental, business, information technology, and more. 
            • Has 44 campus locations across 15 states, with online options as well.
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