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What is Occupational Therapy? Everything You Need to Know

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Occupational therapy enables individuals of any age or ability, to engage in the activities (occupations) that are important to them to live a meaningful life.

Let’s Break That Down

Who Do Occupational Therapists Work With?

What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

Why is it Called Occupational Therapy?

Where do Occupational Therapists Work?

Occupational Therapist vs Physical Therapist

In Conclusion:

Who Do Occupational Therapists Work With?

An OT can help ANYONE – of any age and with any disability, injury, or level of functioning.

Occupational therapists have been educated on nearly every combination of age and disability

For example:

  • Premature baby with down syndrome

  • Age 42 with multiple sclerosis

  • Age 50 post knee replacement

  • Age 17 with cerebral palsy

  • Age 23 with depression

  • Age 5 with ADHD

  • Age 70 post stroke

  • Age 60 post traumatic brain injury

However, when seeking an OT, you will want to search for one who has experience with your particular ailment.

What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

Occupational therapists help a person engage in a life that is meaningful to them.

So… If it is important to my client to:

  • be able to cook her breakfast each morning

  • sign his name on his rent check each month