Occupational therapy is treatment to help people live as independently as
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages
who, because of illness, injury, developmental delays, or psychological
problems, need assistance in learning skills to help them lead independent,
productive, and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists use work, self-care,
and recreational activities to increase independent function.
Occupational therapy can include:
Examples of the many different conditions and situations in
which occupational therapy can help are:
Other Works ConsultedU.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012-2013). Occupational therapists. In Occupational Outlook Handbook. Available online: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as ofMarch 21, 2017
Current as of:
March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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