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Sara grew up with a brother who was afflicted with cerebral palsy. She watched him struggle each day to do some of the basic things we take for granted, such as tying a shoe, or drinking a glass of water. She was determined to make a career out of helping people like her brother. In her career search, she ultimately discovered that occupational therapy was her calling.

"I knew I wanted to help people like my brother. I wanted to help severely handicapped people develop enough motor skills to be able to live independently. Many people like my brother can eventually learn to use their muscles effectively, but it can take years.

Occupational therapists work with all types of handicapped people every day, helping them do whatever is needed to live and work independently. They work for hospitals, private clinics, schools, and nursing homes. I think working in a school with energetic kids would be the most fun. I am still working towards my bachelor's degree in occupational therapy, and should be done with my studies next year. 

There is a pretty important reason why I want to graduate in 2006. Beginning in 2007, all practicing occupational therapists will be required to hold graduate degrees. If I'm already practicing by then, the law won't apply to me. Graduating early will save me a lot of time and money in the long run. I'm planning to look for a job next semester in conjunction with finishing my degree. I'd like to start working as soon as I get my diploma."

Additional Information for Individuals Looking for Careers in Occupational Therapy Assisting Found on Health-Care-Careers.org
Occupational Therapy Schools

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Bureau of Labor Statistics Data on Occupational Therapists Aides
The American Occupational Therapy Organization

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