DEFINITION OF OT
WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
The practice of Occupational Therapy (OT) is defined as the functional evaluation of a client and the planning and utilization of a program of purposeful activities to develop or maintain adaptive skills, designed to achieve maximal physical and mental functioning of the individual in his or her daily life tasks (New York State Education Department, Office of Professional credentialing, Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Handbook, September 1993).
Occupational Therapy is skilled treatment that blends art and science together to help people improve and/or adapt their skills at performing life tasks. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, from newborns through the elderly, who, because of illness, injury, developmental delays, or psychological problems, need assistance in learning skills to help them lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. As a result, Occupational therapists are often part of a multi-disciplinary team and work in different settings like homes, hospitals, schools, community health centers, workplaces, and nursing homes