About Occupational Therapy

The practice of occupational therapy involves the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations). Occupations are goal-directed pursuits that typically extend over time and meet human needs for self-care, enjoyment, and participation in society. Examples of these life activities include bathing and dressing, cooking, driving, computer use, participation in school, play and work tasks, leisure pursuits, and engaging in one’s community. 

Occupational therapists believe that health and participation are supported through engagement in occupation. They work with individuals and families throughout the lifespan, from infancy to older adulthood. Occupational therapists help clients perform, modify, or adapt tasks so that they succeed in activities they need or want to do despite injury, illness, functional limitation, or disability. 

Where do occupational therapists work?

Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, school systems, private practices, community health centers, client’s homes, and industry. An occupational therapist assumes many roles, such as a practitioner, scholar, administrator, educator, advocate, and researcher. Many also consult with organizations and industry to promote health and wellness for individuals and populations. 

For more information about the profession of occupational therapy and specific practice areas, please visit the AOTA website.

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