Occupational therapy is the healthcare provided for those that have developmental disabilities from emotional, mental and physical factors. The therapy is typically provided for children and the elderly to show them skills that they can do to cope up with their conditions. There are different venues that the occupational therapists can offer their services to gain experience in their field.
As the work can be based on the need of the patient, some jobs are based on a certain period of time. Most occupational therapists see this as opportunities to take part in projects that are given to enhance the abilities of these kids.
Occupational therapists are focused on providing the appropriate program for each patient to have the independence in doing the normal activities. One of the jobs that can be on a timely manner for the occupational therapist is that of a summer camp therapy. The summer camp therapy usually is a seven-week program for kids that have hearing and eyesight impairment.
Along with the occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists are part of the team to handle the kids in their various activities. Through this camp, the children are able to learn new skills, enhance the skills they already have and enjoy the summer with other kids. Schools may also need the occupational therapy during the school year to deal with the children that have learning disabilities.
Other positions, which are contractual for occupational therapists, include therapy clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and individual homes where the therapists can go. The hospitals and therapy clinics can hire the occupational therapist when the demand for them is increasing and may not need their services when the patients are lowered. This can be advantageous to the occupational therapist that is looking for a part time work but want to be exposed in different settings that the profession is required. With the variety of experiences, the occupational therapist can then choose to put up a clinic and go into private practice.
Those that work in contractual positions as an occupational therapist can expect to earn from $62 to $75 as per hourly pay. This usually depends on the education attained, experience gathered, work setting and the location of the job. Occupational therapists are being recognized by society and the medical industry to have great contribution to the patients. And with that, this profession is highly in demand as more parents, schools and other companies seek their expertise in allowing everyone to be as independent as they can be.