It takes a wide variety of skill-sets to educate young people especially considering that students learn differently and have varying needs that can change as they grow and move through their schooling journey.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) play an important role in schools by helping kids work on fine motor skills, which is critical to good handwriting and using technology, or they might work to improve focus and social skills in students who have sensory and attentional issues. Similarly, Physical Therapists (PTs) work with students to improve balance, coordination and mobility, which all come into play both in the classroom and on the playground.
Many OTs and PTs opt for school-based positions for many reasons, but the one that echoes most loudly is the joy of working with children. It’s challenging in the most rewarding way, because they get to build confidence in the hearts and minds of our next generation.
Additionally, the number of options available to OTs and PTs is appealing. Part-time, full-time, travel, local, and permanent opportunities are all out there. The job market outlook is favorable, too. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of PTs is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2016 to 2026 and 24 percent for OTs, which is considerably faster than the average for all other occupations.
“Following the school calendar also has its perks especially for therapists with young children because they can enjoy the holidays breaks and summers off with their own kids,” said Richard Gropper, recruitment manager at PPR Education Service.