Join us in this episode of the Animals and Aquatics podcast as we dive into the personal experiences and insights of a COTA during her transition from student to practitioner. Our guest shares her journey, highlighting the difficulties encountered when entering the field and adjusting to the practical aspects of the profession. From the struggles of adapting note-writing techniques to understanding the diverse needs of her students, she reveals the learning curve she faced and the strategies she employed to overcome these challenges.
The discussion delves into the unique dynamics of working with a wide range of individuals with varying cognitive abilities and behavioral issues and how incorporating animals into the sessions can help students with engagement and motivation. In this episode, we explore the powerful role of animals in occupational therapy. Prepare to be amazed by the heartwarming bond between animals and students, as we discover the transformative impact they have in occupational therapy. Discover the importance of building rapport and understanding the non-verbal communication methods employed by students as forms of expression. Carolyn also reflects on the emotional needs of the job and the necessity of finding healthy ways to decompress after intense sessions.
The episode concludes with insights into the vital role of mentorship and coaching in the occupational therapy profession. Discover how mentoring and guidance can shape and enhance the therapist's understanding of incorporating animals into sessions, ultimately leading to more effective outcomes for her students.
Tune in to this thought-provoking episode as we gain valuable insights into the challenges, rewards, and therapeutic moments experienced by an new grad on her path towards professional growth and helping individuals of all abilities thrive.