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Category: Occupational Therapy

Increase Your Marketability as a School-Based Occupational Therapist

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Overall, the employment outlook for occupational therapists is very positive. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow by about 43% over the next eight years. Nursing homes, hospitals, and occupational therapy offices employ the majority of therapists. But some occupational therapists also work in schools. Working as a school-based OT can be an interesting and rewarding setting to pursue your career. If you want to work in a school setting, competition for jobs may be a bit tougher. Jobs as a school-based occupational therapist are often sought after. The good news is there are things you can do to increase your marketability and improve your chances of landing your dream job.

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Swings for Occupational Therapy

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The occupational therapy needs of students have changed over the years. In the past, schools had occupational therapists work mostly on fine motor skills. Young students would focus on pincer grasp with their writing utensils. Occupational therapy sessions would also work on how to cut with scissors and proper formation of their letters. These skills continue to be done, but there is a lot more happening in sessions along with the more traditional work. The increasing number of children with sensory processing concerns have meant that school districts have to address this and assist the children to be more successful in their academic lives. Occupational therapists now work with students that have sensory integration needs and more.

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Horticultural Therapy in a School Setting

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Horticultural therapy has been around for a long time. Originally, it was mostly used to help patients with mental illness. As time went on, more therapists noted that there were multiple benefits of working with plants and in gardens. Horticulture therapy is used within rehabilitation, vocational, and community settings like schools. This therapy not only helps students to learn new skills, it is beneficial in many ways. Horticultural therapy may help students to work on social skills, increase cognitive ability, task initiation, and strengthening muscles. For those working with physical therapists on gross motor ability, they often see improvements with coordination, balance, and endurance after horticultural therapy is implemented.

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The ProCare Lip Reading Challenge

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How good are you at lip reading? Lip reading is a necessary part of daily conversation for many deaf people, despite being one of the most difficult forms of communication to learn. To raise awareness of the challenges faced by lip readers, we’ve put together a video quiz to see how the average person fares. How much can you understand, relying only on lip reading?

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Changes in School-Based Occupational Therapy

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Shortages in many different school therapy careers have caused children in need to be put on long wait lists to receive services. Schools often have a hard time keeping enough therapists hired to coordinate individual sessions with students. Since this is not new and is a growing concern, many schools and districts are looking for ways to support children with special needs in schools.

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