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Written by Brittany Ferri, MS, OTR/L, CCTP, CLT, Published on March 29, 2018

For many reading this, the hard times of occupational therapy school are finally over. No more exams or practicals sounds great, but – here comes the dreaded question — what now? Which occupational therapy specialty should you choose? With so many practice areas in existence and AOTA adding still more, it can be a daunting task to figure out which area calls to you most. Maybe you’ve always known you wanted to work as a pediatric therapist but, after that, the details get a little fuzzy. Or maybe you’ve had a level II fieldwork at a hand therapy clinic where the patient population really appealed to you, but you don’t know if you can pass the complex certification test.

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Topics:continuing educationeducationGrad Schoolmental healthoccupational therapy specialtyot schooltravel therapy

Written by Julie Wolfman, OTD, OTR, Published on March 27, 2018

Why I’m excited to go to AOTA as an OT student

The AOTA Annual Conference & Expo isn’t only for super successful OTRs/COTAs who have their school days behind them.

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Topics:AOTAAOTA conferenceconferenceNew Grad Successot schooltips for occupational therapy students

Written by Denae Asel-Templin MS, OTR/L, Published on March 20, 2018

So you’ve passed the NBCOT and can officially claim your “OTR” title. Now you are faced with the challenge of deciding upon a setting to work in — a task that can be overwhelming in and of itself. As a new grad, I thought I was going to work in the outpatient or acute care setting because that’s primarily where my experience was.

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Topics:burnoutCareershome healthpatientstips for new grads

Written by Eriana Buteau, Published on March 13, 2018

I ended up working at a small specialized private school soon after getting my graduate degree last year. The school has a high staff to student ratio and is heavily focused on pragmatic and social learning. I have access to basketball courts, standardized assessments, continuing education opportunities, and many other pediatric resources.

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Topics:Careersparentsschool based occupational therapytips for new grads

Written by Nakisha Gutierrez, Published on March 6, 2018

You’ve aced every group project (or at least passed), explored and absorbed countless clinical diagnoses and principles, and then shockingly passed your cadaver lab without fainting (that’s a lie, I actually joined the ranks of the fainthearted). What’s next on the journey? The best part of our educational experience: level II Fieldwork!

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Topics:fieldworkGrad Schoollevel IImental healthself-caretips for occupational therapy students

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