Occupational Therapy: The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

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Occupational Therapy is a profession dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people, through a whole-person approach, in order for a person to achieve their full potential. Occupational Therapy provides realistic support, empowering people in the rehabilitation process or at overcoming obstacles that prevent them from engaging in activities, which are meaningful (BAOT, 2011). In addition to addressing the physical and psychological activities related to a person and their environment, Occupational Therapy strives to clarify and strengthen the profession through research. Research related to Occupational Therapy involves analysis of factors such as occupational deprivation; occupational alienation; locus of control; self-efficacy, and motivation and how these concepts influence people undertaking their occupation. However, before I examine these notions further and apply them to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, I will first provide an overview of the history of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. Occupational Therapy can be traced back over 200 years, as activities that were practiced by French and an American physician to treat mentally ill…show more content…
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy are at the forefront in helping people live more fulfilling lives. It is evident that Occupational Science was developed to provide Occupational Therapy with its own researching findings, which improve clinical practices, advancing the disciplines further. Occupational Science is broadening its subjects to include anthropology, sociology, psychology, neuroscience, physiology, rehabilitation science gerontology and public health. Each of these disciplines brings a unique insight and understanding of the underlying dynamics that shape human occupation and consequently, affect a persons overall

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