Occupational Therapy

The practice of occupational therapy means the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals, groups, or populations to address participation and function in roles and situtations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings. Occupational therapy services are provided for habilitation, rehabilitation, and promoting health and wellness to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction.

Occupational therapy practitioners work in a great variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, clinics, schools and early intervention centers, industry, group homes and mental health facilities, academic programs (education and research), government agencies and many others. The clients they serve range in age from the very young (infants) to the very old.