OT Month: How to Promote and Explain Occupational Therapy

American Occupational Therapy Association‘s vision for occupational therapy is that it’s “…a powerful, widely recognized, science‐driven, and evidence‐based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society’s occupational needs.”

You know this to be true as a therapist, but sometimes it can be hard to explain and promote what you do as an occupational therapist. Other therapists and the healthcare industry sees OT as a widely recognized profession but how do you tell your extended family, friends or children what you do every day? If the ultimate goal is “promote ALL that you do as occupational therapy practitioners to help people LIVE LIFE TO ITS FULLEST,” the best way, as recommended by AOTA is to describe what YOU do, believe it or not.

Here are some examples of how to promote the industry through describing how you help others:

“Today I taught hip precautions to a client who had a total hip replacement. With this information he will be able to bathe and dress safely while continuing to heal properly. I am an OT practitioner.”

“Today I measured and set up a home workstation for a woman who runs her own marketing company. She will now be able to run her business without neck and back pain. I am an OT practitioner.”

“Today I discharged a college student who was working on increasing his range of motion and hand strength after a wrist fracture. Now he is able to hold a pen and take notes in class. I am an OT practitioner.”

As a traveling OT you’ll have even more stories to tell of how you’ve helped people live life to its fullest. Here are just a few of the many travel occupational jobs we have available.

Help people live life fully in a new city! Start traveling today:

For more tools, head to AOTA’s Occupational Therapy Brand Toolbox or contact us today with any questions you may have.


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