Watch your head! Occupational Therapy Assistant students are learning to work with geriatric patients in their pre-clinical course at the KU-Orlando campus. Program Director Jeremy Gonzales demonstrates how to properly transfer a patient with hip fractures into a car for transport. OTA Students practice proper positioning of wheelchairs or walkers, use of assertive verbal cues, and correct foot-hand placement to get ready for their upcoming field work.
Occupational therapy is the art and science of helping people gain skills needed to become independent in daily living activities. Students learn the therapeutic use of occupations which include self-care, work and play/leisure activities in order to maximize independent function, enhance development, prevent disability and maintain health.