Occupational therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that helps people of all ages to recover from injury, disability or illness and participate in activities of daily living. For example, they might help young children with disabilities participate fully in school or support older adults coping with physical or cognitive decline.
Occupational therapy services typically include:
Customized treatment programs to improve the ability to perform daily activities
Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
Performance skills assessments, treatment and evaluation
Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
Task and activity modification training
Guidance for family members and caregivers
Occupational therapy practitioners practice from a holistic perspective, and actively integrate the client and their family in the therapy treatment plan. They emphasize adapting the environment to the specific needs of the client.
Currently, a master’s degree is required to practice as an occupational therapist. Occupational therapy assistants must have an associate’s degree and are supervised by a licensed occupational therapist.