ERIC Number: ED420981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Therapist. Careers in Special Education and Related Services.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
Designed for high school students interested in careers in special education and related services, this guide outlines the role of the occupational therapist. It addresses the nature of the work, the education required, personal qualities that occupational therapists should have, job outlook and advancement, and how to prepare for a career as an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists are described as using purposeful activities with people who need to develop or regain skills to learn, play, be employed, and care for themselves. School-based occupational therapists serve children who are developmentally delayed, children with emotional, mental and physical disabilities, children with learning disabilities, and children who are at-risk for developing problems. The minimum educational requirements for an occupational therapist is a bachelor's degree, but most states require occupational therapists to obtain a license to practice. This usually means attending an accredited program that includes a supervised clinical internship for at least 6 months and taking a certification examination. Personal qualities that school occupational therapists should have include patience, maturity, tactfulness, and creativity. A profile of an occupational therapist is provided to illustrate the challenges and benefits of the job. (CR)
Descriptors: Certification, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Minimum Competencies, Occupational Information, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy, Personality Traits, Staff Role
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1598; toll-free telephone: 800-641-7824; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http://www.cec.sped.org/ncpse.htm
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.