What is Occupational Therapy?
In simplest terms, occupational therapy practitioners assist individuals across the lifespan participate with everyday activities (occupations).
Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession dedicated to helping individuals gain the skills needed to participate more fully and independently in their own lives. Occupational therapists promote performance in the following areas: activities of daily living (i.e. grooming, eating, bathing, dressing, etc.), instrumental activities of daily living (i.e. driving, cooking, laundry, community mobility, etc.), education, work, play, leisure, sleep/rest, and social participation. OTs assist individuals who have developmental, environmental, physical and /or mental health challenges, helping patients engage in their desired occupations. They are employed in home health, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, acute care hospitals, businesses, school systems, nursing homes, etc.