The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has identified the following as emerging practice areas to watch: addressing the psychosocial needs of children and youth; design and accessibility consulting and home modification; driver rehabilitation and training; ergonomics consulting; Health and Wellness consulting; low vision services; private practice community health services; technology and assistive device development and consulting; Welfare-to-Work services; and Ticket-to-Work services. While these areas have been identified by AOTA and are part of the Centennial Vision, opportunities for developing emerging practice areas are limitless. Students learn how occupation focused practice can be applied to a wide variety of settings and circumstances in order to improve the health and well-being of a diverse range of people. Through the use of policy, societal initiatives and current research, students will look to the future to develop a vision for role emerging opportunities in occupational therapy. As part of this course, each student completes an in-depth exploration of 2-3 of emerging practice areas.
Prerequisites: Completion of first semester Dr. OT courses.