Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational therapists assis people in developing the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent and satisfying lives.
Health conditions that may benefit from Occupational Therapy
- Work-related injuries including lower back problems or repetitive stress injuries
- Limitations following a stroke or heart-attack
- Birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities
- Mental health or behavioral problems, including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress
- Problems with substance use or eating disorders
- Burns, spinal cord injuries or amputations
- Broken bones or other injuries from falls, sports injuries or accidents
- Vision or cognitive problems that threaten the ability to drive
Occupational Therapy Services typically include:
- Customized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities
- Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
- Performance skills assessments and treatment
- Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
- Guidance to family members and caregivers
About Occupational Therapy Practitioners
Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional and physiological effects of illness and injury.
The occupational therapist enters the field with a bachelors masters or doctoral degree. The occupational therapy assistant generally earns an associates degree.
Practitioners must complete supervised clinical internships in a variety of healthcare settings, and pass a national examination. Most states also regulate occupational therapy practice.