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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:
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the
nationally recognized professional association of approximately 35,000
occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students of
occupational therapy. AOTA's mission is to advance the quality, availability, use,
and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy,
education, and research on behalf of its members and the public.
Other Works Consulted
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
(2012–2013). Occupational therapists. In Occupational Outlook Handbook. Available online:
March 7, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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