The American Occupational Therapy Association Inc., designates April as Occupational Therapy Month.
The USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has planned a variety of activities throughout the month aimed at increasing awareness of the profession and generating enthusiasm within the faculty and student body.
The celebration began by inviting employers to the USC University Park campus for the annual Occupational Therapy Career Fair. Nearly 50 organizations ranging from pediatric clinics to rehabilitation hospitals attended to recruit USC’s occupational therapy students.
The division also hosted student rallies, which brought students together throughout the first week of April.
At these events, faculty members shared anecdotes of favorite memories as occupational therapists, showing students what they have to look forward to in the profession.
Assistant professor Julie McLaughlin Gray discussed how she uses meaningful occupation in the practice of physical rehabilitation to enhance a client’s quality of life. Colleague Karrie Kingsley said that she enjoys working with children because it allows her to play every day.
Occupational therapy T-shirts, pins and bookmarks were distributed to students to help increase visibility of the profession.
Maytal Shvartz, a second-year master’s student, said, “I wear my OT pins so people will ask me about OT, and I can share the wonderful things that we do and my pride for joining this profession.”
USC faculty and students will travel to Philadelphia to join the occupational therapy community at the 91st annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo April 14-16.
Florence Clark, USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy professor and associate dean, will give her first address as president of the American Occupational Therapy Association at this year’s conference.