Category: Occupational Therapy

The primary goal of an occupational therapist in a school setting is to assess a child’s ability to perform meaningful activities and intervene where necessary. Occupational therapists can find a series of articles on this page that will help them develop their careers and also provide them with the latest in industry news and therapy methods.

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Increase Your Marketability as a School-Based Occupational Therapist

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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The Changing Role of Occupational Therapy in Schools

In the past, occupational therapists have worked predominantly with young children to assist them with fine motor skills. They often spent a lot of time in sessions perfecting pincer grasp, writing letters, and other goals for early elementary-aged children. While occupational therapists may still do these with their students, their role has changed drastically in recent years.

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More Students Now Getting Cochlear Implants

Medical advances are changing the way that children with severe to profound hearing loss are able to participate in classrooms. The FDA started to allow children as young as a year old to receive cochlear implants in 2000. This created a shift in learning models for preschools of deaf students. In addition to this, teachers had to be more aware of how to assist the increasing number of students that were mainstreamed.

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Schools Nationwide See Increase in OT Student Needs

Many people are unaware of the different roles that an occupational therapist takes on for children in school. In the past, much of their time was spent helping students with fine motor tasks like handwriting. These days, their responsibilities have changed drastically, thanks to the increase in special needs students and demand for their special training. 

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Occupational Therapist Finds out Firsthand How Hard it is to Sit Still at School

Adults often forget what it is like to be in school and sit during classes. How long are you able to sit still, listen attentively, and stay on task? The reality is that you may never know, because when we are working, we have more freedom to move around. Students within a classroom must stay at their desks and cannot move around much during lessons. Thanks to pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, many are now realizing just how much we are asking of kids each and every day of their academic careers.

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