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Charlie Baumer is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) who was interviewed by two year II occupational therapy students at the University of North Dakota at Casper College as part of a life history qualitative study. The interview was a semi-structured interview that lasted two hours with questions that were geared toward the history and evolution of occupational therapy in Wyoming. This single interview is a part of a larger life history qualitative study to gather information in regards to the history and evolution of occupational therapy practice in North Dakota and Wyoming through the life histories of occupational therapy in both states. The students designed a series of questions regarding Charlie's perspective on the profession, his experiences, and how the profession has changed in Wyoming overtime. This study is intended to contribute to current and future generations of occupational therapy practice has evolved over time in North Dakota and Wyoming. Upon data analysis, the students identified three categories, Legality, OT Practice, and Characteristics. Charlie demonstrated his passion for occupational therapy by sharing his experiences within the profession. His contribution to the profession indicated how occupational therapy has evolved in the state of Wyoming and how it will continue to evolve.

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occupational therapists, Male Perspective, personal challenges, client-centered care, collaboration.


Occupational Therapy

Evolution of Occupational Therapy Practice: Life History of Charlie Baumer, COTA