Schools Demand OTs and Traveling Occupational Therapists


By Erica Ronchetti

Considering a career as an occupational therapist?  Now’s an excellent time to find an occupational therapy travel job.  Demands for occupational therapists are growing, especially in schools.  Occupational therapists will find many positions in school settings needing to be filled, as there is an ongoing need for occupational therapy professionals to aid children in critical points in their development.  This is the case for children who suffer from a variety of different conditions, such as cerebral palsy, autism, hearing difficulties and vision impairments.  Occupational therapists, both full time and part time can really make a difference in children’s lives.

Skilled occupational therapists work with patients on different computer equipment and programs, instructing them and monitoring their progress.  Many help the children receive therapy on specially built exercise machines or in swimming pools.  Often times children will need to receive rehabilitation tailored for their individual needs, and physical therapists and speech therapists can be of great assistance here, depending on the program.

These occupational therapy programs teach children to communicate in new ways, sometimes through pictures or signs, and sometimes through speech.  Others learn dexterity and control, muscle strength, writing, and speaking.  They can provide children with the care they require that could not ordinarily have been met in other school settings.  Occupational therapists are important teachers preparing children to join other mainstream classrooms.
Traveling occupational therapists fill temporary openings in schools, rehab centers and other facilities. There is a shortage of skilled rehab therapists and sometimes it takes a while to fill a permanent position. In the interim, a traveling  OT can fill the gap.  OT travel jobs are available throughout the country to fill these openings.

Without occupational therapists, patients would need more care later in life and greater levels of support in the future.  Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language therapists can truly make a difference people’s lives, and they are in high demand.  To find more about how you can pursue a career in travel occupational therapy, visit http://www.alliedtravelcareers.com/occupationaltherapyjobs.php or fill out our brief application.

Erica Ronchetti is Account Manager for Travel Nurse Source, a recruiting company for traveling nurses.  Travel Nurse Source is affiliated with Allied Travel Careers, a recruiting company for traveling physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists.  For more information on what we do, please visit our websites.

Author: Allied Travel Careers

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  1. Great article. I know in are area when you look in the employment section of the paper that is all you see is ad after ad for PT Therapists.

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