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Career Profile: Occupational Therapist - Hanna Hildenbrand

Career Profile: Occupational Therapist - Hanna Hildenbrand

Hanna Hildenbrand, M.S., Occupational Therapist, Senior Staff, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education

My typical workday involves…

My typical workday consists of clinical care and research.

My Clinical Tasks

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Salary: $40,840 - $89,450
Min. Education: Master's
Related Careers: Physical Therapist, Social Worker

Patient Evaluation – consists of taking an occupational history to identify problems, concerns and priorities related to a client’s occupations and daily life activities. Performances of activities are analyzed, and specific aspects affecting performance are identified. Aspects that affect performance may include motor, process and communication/interaction skills. Also identified are the habits, routines, roles, context, activity demands and client factors (i.e. attention, memory, sensory function, neuromusculoskeletal function, body structure) that influence performance. Based on this assessment and collaboration with the client/family, the appropriate intervention is identified and implemented or recommended.

Treatment – Individual and group treatment sessions are client centered, with a focus on engagement in daily life activities that the client finds meaningful and purposeful, and that support participation in various life roles. This may mean adapting the environment and activity demands, as for an individual with physical or behavioral deficits, so that he/she can engage in an activity of choice or necessity and is able to participate in life roles and social communities. Ongoing treatment sessions may also include remediating or restoring performance skills, patterns (habits, routines and roles) and body functions to facilitate adaptive and/or independent performance in various daily occupations.

Caregiver Training and Education and Family Meetings – These sessions prepare the patient, family members and caregivers to adapt patient care and activities at home or and outside the clinical environment.

Patient Care and Team Meetings – The professional clinical staff meets regularly to review patient status, and discuss work-related events and activities.

Clinical Documentation – All patient information, evaluations, and interventions must be documented.

My Research Duties

• Facilitating standardized testing and evaluation
• Managing and analyzing data
• Attending and participating in research team meetings
• Reviewing and studying current scientific literature
• Writing and presenting research results

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