Chau Siu Yu
The demand for occupational therapists is increasing in the hope of providing a better health care system for the public. PolyU offers professional training in occupational therapy. In my first year, I gained knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, OT theory and processes, psychology and research methods. I acquired fundamental knowledge of OT, especially how to develop a therapeutic relationship with patients. In the functional anatomy lessons, I learned how to palpate important bony landmarks, which is fundamental for treatment.
The programme also offers many opportunities, including exchange trips and hospital visits, which helped me to familiarise myself with real clinical settings and occupational therapy programmes in other countries. I observed an occupational therapist's case with the family of a patient, a 5-year-old girl with autism. This gave me a better understanding of the OT process.