What is Occupational Therapy?

According to The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities or occupations. Occupational therapy is an evidence-based practice, deeply rooted in science. Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent or live a higher quality of life with injury, illness, or disability. 

Occupational Therapy Services Include:

  • An initial, individualized evaluation is completed. Thereafter, the family, caregivers and occupational therapist (team) develop the client's goals.

  • Individualized interventions to improve and support the client’s ability to perform daily activities and achieve goals.

  • A re-evaluation is administered to determine if skilled services are necessary and should continue or the client met all planned goals and skilled services are no longer warranted.

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or tasks to promote engagement, success and client centeredness.