A Day in the Life of an Occupational Therapist

March 22, 2024
Janelle Thomas MSN, RN
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Occupational therapists at Care Options for Kids play a crucial role in enhancing the quality of life for kids facing physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges. In this blog post, we'll delve into the dynamic and rewarding career of occupational therapy at Care Options for Kids, providing an in-depth look at a typical day in the life of an occupational therapist. Let’s get started! 

Morning Routine

Planning and Reviewing Cases

As the day begins, an occupational therapist typically starts by reviewing their schedule and prioritizing cases. This involves examining kids’ records, understanding specific needs and goals, and coordinating with other healthcare professionals involved in the care team.

Preparing Assessments and Interventions

Occupational therapists often conduct assessments to evaluate a client's functional abilities and limitations. This might involve standardized tests, interviews, and observation. Therapists formulate personalized intervention plans based on these assessments tailored to each unique circumstance.

Client Interactions

A significant portion of an occupational therapist's day at Care Options for Kids is dedicated to one-on-one therapy sessions with kids. These sessions focus on implementing interventions to improve activities of daily living (ADLs), enhance motor skills, address sensory issues, and promote independence. Sessions can take place in various settings, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, or even clients' homes.

Afternoon Responsibilities

Administrative Duties

Occupational therapists often find themselves handling administrative tasks in the afternoon. This may include documenting kiddos’ progress, updating treatment plans, and communicating with insurance providers or case managers. Thorough documentation is crucial for tracking improvements and maintaining a comprehensive record of each client's journey. 

Our therapists have minimal administrative tasks at Care Options for Kids, courtesy of our dedicated support team. This team efficiently manages your daily schedule, ensuring your final appointment is conveniently near your home for an easier commute. They also handle insurance authorizations and tasks, allowing you to concentrate on delivering quality care.

Continuing Education and Professional Development

Occupational therapists dedicate time to continuing education and professional development to stay ahead of the latest advancements in the field. This may involve attending workshops, conferences, or online courses, enriching their knowledge, and refining their skills to provide the best possible care for their clients.

Your Core Clientele

Occupational therapists working in pediatric settings focus on helping kids develop essential motor skills, sensory processing abilities, and independence in daily activities. This may involve using play-based interventions to make therapy engaging and effective. 

Specialized Interventions

Adaptive Equipment and Assistive Technology

Occupational therapists often explore the use of adaptive equipment and assistive technology to empower kids. This may involve recommending and teaching the use of mobility aids, adaptive tools, or technology to enhance communication and independence.

Challenges and Rewards

Addressing Emotional and Physical Challenges

Occupational therapists encounter emotionally charged situations to confront the impact of injuries, disabilities, or illnesses. Navigating these challenges requires empathy, patience, and a commitment to providing emotional support alongside physical rehabilitation.

Celebrating Milestones

Despite the inherent challenges, occupational therapists experience the joy of celebrating their clients' achievements and milestones. Witnessing someone regain independence in daily activities or achieve personal goals is a deeply rewarding aspect of the profession.

A day in the life of an occupational therapist is a dynamic journey filled with diverse challenges and meaningful connections. Occupational therapists play a pivotal role in enhancing the lives of those they serve, from conducting assessments and implementing personalized interventions to collaborating with healthcare teams. This behind-the-scenes glimpse into their daily routine highlights the passion, dedication, and versatility required to thrive in this vital profession.

Therapy Careers at Care Options for Kids

You can witness their triumph over challenges, achieve significant milestones, and thrive. Our pediatric therapists support kids in various settings, including at home, in school, and within our clinic. Consider joining our therapy team in one of the following positions:

  • Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
  • Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA)
  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
  • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
  • School Psychologist

Benefits of Joining Our Team

You dedicate your efforts to the families and communities we assist, and you rightfully deserve the same level of care in return. Care Options for Kids is pleased to provide all full-time employees with a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. Our extensive benefits ensure that you and your family receive the same level of care that you consistently offer others.

Moreover, we are committed to fostering a supportive work environment that includes ongoing training, assistance, and opportunities for professional growth. Keeping abreast of advancements, we employ cutting-edge technology, such as a state-of-the-art EMR, to make your days (and nights) more seamless. Some of our perks include:

  • Competitive salary
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Medical, dental, vision, and RX plans
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Paid vacation (PTO)
  • CEU Credits 
  • And so much more! 

Additionally, we offer a company car program, a streamlined administrative process, a supportive team that manages insurance authorizations and scheduling, and the convenience of client appointments ending close to home. 

Why Therapists Love Working at Care Options for Kids

When we talk to our therapists, they tell us the reasons they like working here:

  • We provide an amazing work/life balance. 
  • We place a strong emphasis on therapists' well-being, too!
  • You can make your own schedule that fits your life. 
  • We understand that life happens, and we are flexible in response!
  • We see you as a person and want you at your best personally — and professionally!

Join the Care Options For Kids Team!

Are you ready for meaningful work that comes with benefits and not burnout? Join the compassionate care team that helps children and families live their best lives. Our clinicians provide best-in-class pediatric nursing, therapy, and school-based services. We bring individualized care to children where they live, work, and play. We have opportunities in homes, schools, and clinics across the country.

Apply at Care Options for Kids now. We make it easy to get started, so you can begin making a difference as soon as possible.