Why I Chose Occupational Therapy

When I was in junior high and high school I enjoyed working and volunteering with individuals with disabilities. Because of this, I chose to get my undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Human Development and Family studies. I went through a few career ideas while in college but ultimately knew working with children was something I wanted to do.

While in college a family member needed occupational therapy and I observed some sessions. I fell in love with the profession when I saw the growth and outcomes she received from therapy. After doing some research I discovered that many people across the lifespan need OT. At this point I was working with children who also received occupational therapy so I was able to see the growth from therapy. I observed a few pediatric OTs and a certified hand specialist before deciding to apply to OT school!

I spent my two gap years working in ABA therapy as a registered behavior technician and as a paraprofessional at school for individuals with special needs. I also worked at special recreation association with children and adults.

Ultimately I chose occupational therapy because I want to help make a difference in people’s lives. I’m so excited to be able to learn all about the different specialties involved!

Thanks for reading!

Published by Bryanna

Hi! My name is Bryanna and I'm a first-year occupational therapy student. I have experience working with children and individuals with special needs.

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