Spinal Cord Injuries and Autism in Occupational Therapy

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Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Spinal cord injuries such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, and tetraplegia will be especially prevalent in my field. The book even mentions that occupational therapy and rehabilitation will be necessary to maximize the patients’ independence and self-confidence with their injury. Having an interest in pediatric occupational therapy, I will need an extensive knowledge base of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. These are more commonly being diagnosed in children and early intervention with these disorders is very important. As an occupational therapist, I will need to know how to work with these children to build their strengths with touching different things (sensory integration) and their fine motor skills. I have shadowed at an autism school before, and the work that the occupational therapists do with the children is quite remarkable.

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