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    and Definition Occupational science, although recognized as a newer concept in the scientific field, has unofficially been around since the birth of occupational therapy due to the early contributions of Adolf Meyer and Eleanor Clark Slagle. Occupational science is the study of the observable aspects, influences, and subjective experiences of occupations – socially and culturally identifiable, meaningful activities (Yerxa et al., 1989) (Larson et al., 2003). The science of occupation arose from both the development of occupational therapy and the scrutiny that the profession of occupational therapy received during a period of time where new lines and definitions were being drawn in the fields of medicine and science. Although the benefits of focusing our profession purely on occupation, as well as the idea of viewing humans in a holistic manner seemed intuitive, a demand of distinctive evidence was put on the profession. This is what brought the official rise of occupational science in the contemporary paradigm.…

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    field of Exercise Science is Occupational Therapy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Occupational Therapists treat injured, ill or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. This specific type of therapy began to slowly surface around the 17000’s. This was during the time where mentally ill were treated horribly and were dangerous to civilization. Two men, William Tuke and Phillipe Pinel began to change the way mentally ill…

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    I think that occupational therapy allows a therapist client relationship that cannot be found in any other profession. In my clinical pediatric experience, I have found out how an occupational therapist has more than just one role in the child’s life. I have experienced appointments where the therapy is set-aside for a couple minutes or even the whole session because a child is in need of other support. I have seen children who deal with bullying at school completely open up to their therapist,…

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    As a volunteer, I have helped multiple occupational therapists work with a diverse patient population. Helping patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living activities, brings enormous satisfaction. As a future occupational therapist, my immediate professional goal is to improve my professional skills to serve a community of people to the best of my ability. For example, I will evaluate each patient’s needs, abilities, and interests by talking, observing and…

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    talents, helps an individual motivate, visualize the best outcome, and adapt to new positions, which are all important factors that will help me pursue occupational therapy as a career. Tiffany Bolton, MOT, OTR/L, an occupational therapist, spoke about the career during an Introduction to Health Professions class on September 14, 2016. She describes occupational therapy as a way to “assist people of all ages to participate in desired “occupation.”’ Some different types of occupations include…

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    their overall health and well-being. This agrees with Rosenfeld and Hay (2006) findings that individuals who work are healthier than those who do not. When engaging in meaning occupation, such as work, the benefits include improved quality of life, reduction in poverty and social inclusion. Accordingly, Asbring (2000) found that for some individuals, their identity is strongly connected with work, being unable to work resulted in these individuals feeling isolated, and that they were no longer…

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    If sitting wasn 't hard enough for a pre-schooler, imagine developing fine motor skills with someone who doesn 't even speak your first language. "Juan" was bright, but needed an array of supports to get his speech, fine motor skills, and patience to grade level. As the speech-language pathologist murmured to Joe (the occupational therapist) that Juan had bit her last week, Juan had snuck over to the faucet to pour a cup of water. When I nudged Joe to Juan 's attention, Joe snatched a handful…

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    However, these studies did not address whether the terminally ill patients have decreased cognitive ability or mental disorders that can influence their decision. Furthermore, they did not address whether these patients have prior attempts at alternative methods to hasten death. Also, the researchers did not speak about the treatment that the patients were undergoing and alternative treatments that were available for those patients. These studies did not focus on alternative methods such as…

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    Occupational Therapy has a rich history based on people that wanted to do something different than what was considered right or moral at the time and those who decided to try new techniques to help people who were not considered to be “curable”. The profession of Occupational Therapy focuses on getting the patient back to or as close to their normal, everyday activities through the use of adapting the environment and different exercises. The different ways that Occupational Therapist help…

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    Prosthetic Rehabilitation

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    When breaking down the complete problem, there are two minor issues that we want to solve with the help of integrating this class into the PT and OT curriculum. The main problem we want to address with this proposal is the issue that physical and occupational therapy students do not have the chance to work alongside each other in a learning environment before entering fieldwork and the professional workplace. The other area of concern that we hope to address within this proposal includes having…

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