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Occupational Therapy focuses on individuals who are seeking to recuperate from physical, mental, or developmental disabilities. The practitioners of Occupational Therapy, otherwise known as OT’s, specialize in improving the daily lives of others by helping to regain, adapt, or develop client’s activities (“About Occupational Therapy,” n.d.). The most effective OT’s serve a diverse population and utilize an understanding of sport and exercise concepts to provide effective care. Concepts that are especially pertinent to Occupational Therapists are the use of constructive criticism, empathy, and proxemics. Through the use of these concepts, Occupational Therapy can be further examined and possible improvements in the field can be made.
Feedback comes in many different forms and will first be examined to better understand Occupational Therapists and how they can best serve in their profession. Feedback is the positive and negative information that relates to a task and that is communicated by a significant other. The information that is received affects perceived competence and intrinsic motivation of the performer (Weinberg & Gould, 2011). Effectively utilizing feedback in most profession will help the process of increasing production and the quality of work that is being performed. For example, in a health related field, practitioners need to know how to properly give feedback for their intended outcomes to be obtained. If they are not able to, coworkers and clients will have a difficult time comprehending the changes that need to be made to reach optimal performance.
Although feedback can be divided into many subcategories, one of the most effective forms of feedback, if used correctly, is constructive criticism. Constructive cri...

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... constructive criticism, empathy, and proxemics are particularly pertinent to anyone who is seeking to improve their professional career. Communication is especially important as an Occupational Therapist who is seeking to create meaning relationships with clients, their family members, caregivers, and coworkers. In my future career as an OT it will be beneficial to remember that constructive criticism is not always the best form of communication, but can be a great tool to effectively portray feedback to an individual. Also, it should be remembered that empathy is a trait that can be enhanced through mindfulness training and that everyone is deserving of the same care no matter what their diagnoses. Finally, the nonverbal concept of proxemics should be kept in mind so that communication and therapy sessions can be fully optimized with the help of body positioning.

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  • Explains that occupational therapy focuses on individuals seeking to recuperate from physical, mental, or developmental disabilities. the most effective ot's serve a diverse population and utilize sport and exercise concepts to provide effective care.
  • Explains that feedback comes in many different forms and will be examined to better understand occupational therapists and how they can best serve in their profession.
  • Explains that constructive criticism is one of the most effective forms of feedback, if used correctly. weinberg and gould (2011) give steps to make sure that thoughts and feelings are coming across in a positive and constructive manner.
  • Explains that baron's research confirms that constructive criticism is a beneficial tool when providing someone with feedback. his study had 83 undergraduate students receive constructive or destructive criticism of their work.
  • Explains baron's research that feedback and constructive criticism are important in not only current feelings, but also how situations are dealt with in the future. they can use this information to shape their communication with coworkers, clients, and caretakers.
  • Explains that empathy is a category of communication that focuses on noticing, identifying, and appreciating the feelings, emotions, behaviors, attitudes and intentions of others. empathy helps professionals establish and maintain interpersonal relationships with employees and clients.
  • Explains that beddoe and murphy (2004) affirm the claim that empathy is beneficial in the communication process and that fostering its usage is an advantageous practice.
  • Explains that the research by beddoe and murphy (2004) is particularly relevant to occupational therapists because they need to be empathetic to every client’s unique case.
  • Explains that the research used 92 occupational therapy students from monash university in australia to find the degree of empathy and attitudes they had towards different diagnostic groups.
  • Opines that the research conducted by brown, williams, boyle, molloy, mckenna, and lewis will remind them to not discriminate against people, especially while they are in the workplace.
  • Explains that a strong understanding of non-verbal communication can improve both the sending and receiving of messages.
  • Explains that body positioning is a subconscious action, but can be an excellent mode of nonverbal communication if used correctly. weinberg and gould (2011) term the study of how people communicate by how they use their personal space as proxemics.
  • Explains that berman and smith (1984) confirm the claim that proxemics is an important part of the nonverbal communication process. the study used 256 white adolescents and preadolescents.
  • Explains that berman and smith's research will help them become a more effective communicator. they will be able to set the appropriate distance between themselves and clients, caregivers, family members, and other ots.
  • Compares how castaner, camerino, anguera, and jonsson (2011) affirmed the claim that proxemics is an overlooked form of nonverbal communication and can be important in distinguishing great leaders from the average.
  • Explains that it is important to have a strong knowledge of your own nonverbal communication especially with clients who aren't verbal.
  • Concludes that the concepts of constructive criticism, empathy, and proxemics are pertinent to anyone seeking to improve their professional career.
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