Friday, July 9, 2021

Passion For Helping

 Do you have a passion for helping other people, from kids to elders, improve their lifestyle, recover from physical disabilities and mental illnesses, well-being, or build their self-esteem to help them live their best life and, most of all, enjoy the precious life they have been given?

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Suppose you are reading this and thinking to yourself, YES! Then you came to the right place.

There are various work fields that you can venture in to find what you want to practice in. However, there is one specific work field to consider which guarantees that you will make an incredibly positive impact in different peoples lives by specializing and become an occupational therapist.

What is an Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists are at the vanguard of rehabilitative services and are essential role-players in obtaining social integration and economic participation for individuals who have disabilities.

It is a division of health care that helps people of all ages who have physical, sensory, or cognitive difficulties. Occupational therapists can help them regain independence in all areas of their lives. They also help with the barriers that influence a person's emotional, social, and physical needs.

The main purpose of this type of therapy is to empower people to engage in everyday life activities. Occupational therapists accomplish this outcome by working with different people and communities to improve their ability to engage in their occupations, which they need to, or are required to do.

What skills does an Occupational Therapist need

Great Communication Skills

As an Occupational therapist, you must be able to attentively listen to what your patients tell you to explain and guide your patients on what they need to do and how to do it.


As your passion and desire to help people improve their daily lives, you need to have sympathy and empathy for their situation, struggles, and difficulties.

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Interpersonal Skills

To earn the trust and respect of your patients is vital. They will share their deepest and sometimes embarrassing thoughts and emotions with you. Therefore, it is crucial to establish a bond with them to comfortably explain and teach them the therapies and methods.


Having to listen and deal with some patients and their injuries, illnesses and disabilities can sometimes be frustrating for some people. Therefore, you should have ample patience with the people in your care to provide them with the highest quality of therapy.

Excellent writing skills

As an Occupational therapist, you will be working hand in hand with the medical team assigned and assisting each patient. Therefore, you must clearly explain in writing the treatment plan that you are exercising with each patient and how they are progressing.

Ability To Be Flexible

There is no treatment that will work for all patients. Each patient will have their own treatment plan with their own timeframe on when each element of the plan will commence. Therefore, you must be flexible in determining which treatment plan will be best suited for each patient and adapt the devices used to treat the patients and their needs.


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