Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapy
By: Chriselda De La Cruz
March 22, 2012

College Success, Orin 0101- P-15
Tuesday and Thursday 2:30pm-3:50pm
Dr. Rufino Garcia, Jr.

The career path I have chosen is Occupational Therapy. My reason for this path is to encourage a mental, physical and developmental change in children and adults. I have based my career on providing a therapy that draws a careful analyses and treatment on the emotional, mentally, physically disabled condition of a patient using psychology and sociology techniques including some reasoning abilities to bring on this change. My personal reason for this occupation is highly based on my children who currently are diagnosed with ADHD. They are currently undergoing treatment with a Psychologist and Occupational Therapist.

The daily duties for an occupational therapist would be to assist patients with rehabilitative activities. We provide a client with a treatment plan to outline their development and monitor their progress. An occupational therapist would interact not only with patients but also with fellow occupational therapists and doctors to better assist and complete goals set up for our patients. What I would like the most would be working with the patients making sure we are focused on their needs. Challenging not only the patients but myself as well, making sure to develop their mental and physical skills. What I would least like about my duties in my career would be working with the doctors, I feel they would be highly anxious and might not have enough patience with patients.

Entry level salary for an occupational therapist ranges from an annual rate of $50,250 to $70,500 with an hourly wage of $24 to $50. As for myself, would like to receive about $25 an hour depending on what level of practice you are. The amount that I stated would help my family and I live comfortable not in a paycheck by paycheck. Yes, there is room for advancement or promotion. An Occupational Therapist Assistant can advance to a full Occupational Therapist and then to up to a Director of Occupational Therapist. Therefore it will be up to the person on how much they want to advance.

Occupational Therapist start off with an associate degree in the occupational therapy assistant program to which you are introduced to healthcare, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and psychology. Eventually furthering my education into a bachelors and then a masters degree in occupational therapy. Within this time an occupational therapist is introduced to the medical administrative aspect of this field. If I am to reach my goal I must continue my education here at South Texas College to receive an associate’s degree, then continue my education at a University to be able to receive a bachelors degree and eventually a masters degree. The way I plan on paying for my degree will be working in a job that I am passionate about which would be in the medical field, while still enrolled in school to reach my goal of being an occupational therapist.

The type of person I believe it would take to succeed in this career would be a compassionate, creative, patient person to be able to handle people of any age with any type of physical, emotional, and developmental need. This person must have a sense of compassion and understanding to make sure to keep their involvement with the development that a person needs. They must also be creative to be able to make sure that the person they are trying to work with has an easier way of progress thru their development. And lastly the person must have patience this is the number one key on making sure that they take the time and make sure that the patient truly develops a change within themselves. I feel that I am that kind of person, with all the trials and tribulations that I have endured with my previous jobs and my children’s rehabilitation. I have learned compassion by making sure that I am there for my children and the people that I work with....
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