1. What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy is a health science that takes into consideration an individual as a whole. The focus of an occupational therapist is to collaborate with individuals so that they are able to participate in all aspects of their life, no matter their level of ability.
2. What population does an occupational therapist work with?
Occupational therapists can work with individuals of all ages. For example, they can collaborate with an adult who has suffered a stroke in order to rehabilitate and continue engaging in their life roles. Or they can work with a young child living with autism spectrum disorder in order to build the skills necessary for their development.
3. Where do occupational therapists work?
The field of occupational therapy is a broad one. Occupational therapists can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, schools, mental health facilities, and even serve as consultants in building design.
4. How do you become an occupational therapist?
An entry-level occupational therapist is required to complete a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. In order to apply for the Master’s program the student must complete a Bachelor’s degree in an area of choice, and receive a passing grade in all required courses. Each university has different requirements so it is important to talk to an academic advisor prior to starting the course work.