Occupational Therapy Reflection

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Upon reflection of the time I have spent studying Occupational Therapy (OT) this year, I realised that the view of occupational therapy that I had developed from the time I had spent job shadowing, although not entirely incorrect, was certainly misguided. Initially my understanding of OT was rudimentary and lacked both insight into what OT could achieve and the importance of occupations to OT. When I consider my view of OT now, it has not only altered, but the profession and its associated possibilities, have taken on a new meaning to me. I have gained knowledge that highlights the ways in which OT can change lives, impact groups, individuals and communities, and allow people to bring meaning to their lives. It is also imperative to note that …show more content…
During the first few weeks of my first year, I was unable to cope with the volume of work required of me and participate in sport (field hockey) at a varsity level. I was spending an average of 8-10 hours busy with my education every day, followed by 2-3 hours of either hockey or gym (required by our hockey fitness coach). At the time I understood activities health to refer only to achieving a healthy balance between participation in different areas of occupation (rest and sleep, social participation, work, play, leisure, personal management, survival skills and education). I determined, based on my rather limited knowledge of activities health, that I was activities unhealthy and that the only remedy for my activities health state, would be to stop playing hockey. I had always enjoyed playing hockey, but in pursuit of that ever-elusive perfect balance, I felt I had no other options but to give it up. However, I was saved by the figurative “bell”, or in my case “whistle”, as my PBL group’s research showed that activities health was not exactly what I had determined it to be. Instead of being merely a balance between areas of occupations, it was defined by Molineux7 as an individual’s ability to actively partake in environmentally, financially, culturally and socially regulated activities, which bring both satisfaction and comfort. Furthermore, that one must consider how many occupations an individual partakes in and their variety, the balance between different occupational areas, their comfort or sense of competence/coping, their personal satisfaction and the appropriateness of an activity (deemed by the individual). It became evident to me, during one of our PBL sessions, that activities health differs between individuals and can be influenced by our roles, environment and our occupations

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