Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Occupational therapy services typically include:
- An individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person's goals
- Customized intervention to improve the person's ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals
- An outcomes evaluation to ensure the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan
Areas of practice in occupational therapy include:
- Children and Youth
- Health and Wellness
- Mental Health
- Productive Aging
- Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation
- Work and Industry
(The American Occupational Therapy Association, 2016)
Professional and Student Organizations:
- American Occupational Therapy Association
- Virginia Occupational Therapy Association
- Student Occupational Therapy Association
Sources for Knowledge of the Field:
- American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT)
- OT Practice Magazine
- OT Prospective Student Connections
- OT Student Pulse
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