Department of Occupational Therapy
Description of the Profession:
Occupational therapy is a profession dedicated to helping individuals gain the skills needed to participate more fully and independently in their activities of daily living. The profession was founded in 1917.
Occupational therapists promote independence in the following areas of occupation: activities of daily living (grooming, eating, bathing, dressing, etc.), instrumental activities of daily living (driving, cooking, laundry, community mobility, etc.) education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. They assist individuals who have developmental, environmental, physical and /or mental health challenges allowing them to engage in their desired occupations. They work in a variety of settings including: client homes, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, acute care hospitals, businesses, school systems, nursing homes, etc.