Guide for a new occupational therapist seeking to specialize in pediatrics

Here is a step-by-step guide for a new occupational therapist seeking to specialize in pediatrics:

  1. Obtain state licensure: To practice as an occupational therapist, you need to obtain a license from the state where you plan to work. Check your state’s requirements and pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.
  1. Get experience in a pediatric setting: Look for entry-level positions in pediatric hospitals, clinics, schools, or private practices. Gaining experience in a pediatric setting will allow you to develop your skills and confidence in working with children.
  1. Network with experienced therapists: Join professional organizations and attend conferences, workshops, and events to meet and learn from experienced pediatric occupational therapists. Seek out mentorship opportunities and collaborate with experienced therapists on projects and cases.
  1. Stay current on best practices: Stay informed about current research and best practices in pediatric occupational therapy by reading journals, attending continuing education courses, and participating in online discussions.
  1. Develop a specialty area of interest: Choose a specific area of pediatric occupational therapy that interests you, such as sensory integration, reflex integration, feeding, motor development, or neurodevelopmental disorders, and seek out further education and training in that area.
  1. Build a strong therapeutic relationship with families and clients: Building trust and rapport with families and clients is crucial for successful therapy outcomes. Be open and approachable, listen actively, and work collaboratively with families and clients to set achievable goals and develop personalized treatment plans.
  1. Seek supervision and consult with a mentor: Regularly seek supervision and consult with a mentor to receive feedback, support, and guidance. Engage in reflective practice to continuously improve your skills and knowledge.

By following these steps, new occupational therapists can become skilled and confident in their pediatric practice and provide high-quality care to their clients.

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Introducing the RITP App

A Reflex Integration Exercise Reference for Service Providers, Parents, and Teachers

  • Make treatment planning easier with a at-your-finger-tips access to all the RITP exercises.
  • Learn and show kids the exercises from videos.
  • De-stress your day with playlists you can curate for each client and share with them.
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