Confidence- the biggest step to becoming an effective OT.
CONFIDENCE- It is no coincidence ''confidence'' is the VERY FIRST foundation concept in my "CONNECT TO GROW" framework for effective paediatric OT.
Professional confidence refers to a set of inter and intra-personal skills that an OT harnesses in order to achieve results which are not just "good" but are truly effective and perhaps even "transformational'' for clients.
A confident OT gets results because they:
Have clarity on what Occupational Therapy is and is not. They are able to explain their Occupational Therapy role to others in an understandable way.
Use clinical reasoning which is solidly based in Occupational Therapy. i.e.: they step into their professional uniqueness and proudly "think like an OT" .
Value that their client is the expert in their own lives.
Take a collaborative approach with clients.
Feel comfortable to lean-in, engage with, and truly LISTEN to their clients priorities, strengths and needs.
Are able to set reasonable expectations and boundaries with clients and colleagues with kindness and clarity.
Are flexible in thought and are able to do things in different ways as needed.
Know when to harness non-OT strategies and techniques and/or refer on to others.
Comfortable asking for help.