Occupational Therapy VS Physical Therapy

There is often confusion between OT and PT,This will be a quick run down of the differences.

Definitions: 

OT: To maintain, recover, or develop skills of people with physical, mental, or cognitive disabilities. Focusing on improving a persons daily abilities and improving life skills.

PT: The treatment of a disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise. Evaluating and diagnosing movement dysfunctions.

Daily Roles:

OT: An OT works with people of all ages, helping with anything from handwriting with an elderly person to calm down techniques with a child. An OT’s patients vary from an elderly person who experienced a stroke, to a young child with autism.

PT: A PT works with people of all ages. Focusing on strengthening a certain muscle that could have been damaged due to injury or a birth deformity. A PT techniques are different from an OT, A PT works with exercise and massage to correct an injury.

Perceptions:

OT: Typically, if you talk to someone about OT they have no clue what you’re talking about. It is not a very well known job. It is also hard to explain to someone who has never heard of it.

PT: Almost everyone knows what a PT is, because chances are that some point in everyone’s life, you are going to need PT. It is a very well known job and understood easily.

Salary Differences: 

OT: median $78,810

PT: median $82,390

a difference of just over $3,500  

Education: 

OT: Bachelors in practically anything, but must include certain courses. Masters in OT.

PT: Bachelors and masters. Some PT’s hold a doctorate.

Licensing: 

OT: National Occupational Certification Examination

PT: National, Physical Therapist Examination

 

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A Quick Post On College Acceptance

 

I got accepted into college! I got my acceptance letter in the mail, and I freaked out. I went straight to the campus and bought a hoodie. I’m beyond excited, I’ve already started searching for used textbooks. Used being the key word, I added up all of the textbooks I need for term one. It’s over $1600. I’ve been looking at every possible website for used textbooks. I’ve already got one for free, which is a huge score because its normally $100. Around April is when a lot of used textbooks will be available. But if I start collecting them now, I’ll save a lot of money when September rolls around.

This was a very quick post. I promiseI’ll have a much better one by Friday!

Thanks for listening

Why My Alternative High School is the Best

In 2012 I enrolled at PSII, an alternative way-of-learning school. It has given me opportunities to explore my passions, including Occupational Therapy. I’ve been able to meet with an occupational therapist every two weeks to discuss what I am working on. I have also been given the opportunity to create different sensory items, which is how I spend a lot of day. I love being able to structure my day around what I am passionate about. I have almost finished all my courses (4 months early!) so my big focus is now on this blog and everything to do with occupational therapy! I’ll give you a run down on how my school day goes;

9:30 – school starts, but I’m always early. On Tuesday’s I have math at this time

9:30-11:30 – This varies from writing blog posts, researching, doing sensory DIYs, and discussing school with my teachers

11:30-12:30 – This is when I normally go to Starbucks or to the mall to walk around and grab supplies I might need

12:30-1 – Normally I take this time as lunch time

1-2 – Sometimes there are labs at this time. But, normally I just continue working on what I was before lunch, or I find something else to do.

2-3:30 – The end of the day. Which is always hard to find something to do. Truthfully, I normally don’t do a lot in this time. Sometimes I’ll be making lists or researching random things. At 3:30 the day ends

There is a lot of flexibility. So if I’ve been working on one thing for 2 hours, I can switch it up and work on something completely different. Considering I am almost done all of my classes, I have to get creative on how to entertain myself throughout the day. For other students, they have to work on their courses, but for me its more focused on what I want to do. I’m thankful that I’ll be finished early, because then I’ll be able to volunteer and work. That’s the great thing about my school. I don’t have to be there, I can learn elsewhere.

This is just a quick post on my school. But trust me, its the best school in BC, probably even Canada.