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What is it like to be a pediatric occupational therapist?

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Marlin’s Answer

it is work to improve the function and independence of children and teens with disabilities, injuries or illnesses
they provide therapeutic interventions that help develop their fine motor skills,language skills and more
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Suzanne’s Answer

Macy, I'm not an OT but I did have the opportunity to refer child patients to them when I worked as a family physician. Many times these were children who were not meeting their "developmental milestones" meaning they were delayed in what they could do compared to the average child of their age. Pediatric OT's would evaluate them in great detail as they are trained to do and then (if they confirmed that there was an issue) would offer suggestions about the possible reasons for the. child's delay. Often then the Pediatric OT would work together in a team with a speech therapist and a physical therapist along with the child's teachers to come up with a plan to help the child catch up as much as possible with other children their age. Of course, the OT would also be working closely with the child's family and with me as the child's doctor.

It seems like a really interesting career for someone who likes to work with both children and their families. They have much to offer and can make a big difference in a child's life and future.

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Here is a link describing pediatric OT as a field: https://pathways.org/what-is-a-pediatric-occupational-therapist/
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