Children And Youth Practice Area For OT


One of the practice areas for occupational therapy continuing education that you would want to pursue is children and youth. This practice area focuses on the children of today starting from the infant years to the young adulthood. There are six emerging areas in children and youth those occupational therapists want to focus on. These are the broader scope in schools, autism, bullying, childhood obesity, teen driving with disabilities and transition to older youths.

Here is some information about each of these areas:

  • Broader Scope of School-Occupational therapists help schools to be more focused on scientific-based research on how to address the learning disorders of children. It is high time to tackle the real problems in schools today such as the safety of the school, social issues and the mental health of the children. Occupational therapists are hired to work in schools to create equal opportunities for normal and disabled children.
  • Autism- In the U.S., 1 out of 110 children have autism according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. This is a rise in the autism cases, which has pushed the government to pass a legislation telling insurance companies to pay for occupational therapy when treating autism. With more children suffering from autism, more occupational therapists are needed. Not only do occupational therapists help autistic children, they also study and identify early causes and do early intervention to prevent autistic cases from getting worse.
  • Bullying- Bullying has always been a problem among children and now, cyber-bullying is a huge issue. Cyber-bullying affects 1 out of 5 children between the ages of 10 and 18 years. The problem of bullying is prevalent and it can affect a children’s mental and emotional well-being. This is an area that needs a lot of attention and concern today as more and more children are committing suicide because of this.
  • Obesity- Obesity in the U.S. is a huge problem that affects both the children and adults. In fact, the number of obese children has tripled already in the past 30 years. Occupational therapy can play a very important role in keeping children from being obese.
  • Teen Driving With Disability- Teens with disabilities should be permitted to drive if they can. For young adults, driving is a symbol of becoming a responsible teenager. These teens should not be prohibited to apply for a license. They need the help of occupational therapists to make driving possible for them.
  • Transitioning- Children with disabilities cannot be treated as children all their lives. Parents need the help of occupational therapist to help their children transition to another phase in life. This will mean gaining more independence and improving daily functions for both the mind and body.


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