What is Occupational Therapy?


Occupational Therapy is the art and science of using everyday activities to treat or prevent illness or the lack of well-being. It entails helping people acquire skills as necessary for successful personal independence, work, play and recreation, or to compensate for a loss thereof.  

What does an Occupational Therapist (OT) do?


An occupational therapist treats by means of activities, together with the aid of specific techniques as well as therapeutic apparatus, splints and assistive devices. Activities for treatment are chosen, adapted and graded in order to meet the therapeutic needs of an individual or group.

Who are Occupational Therapists’ clients?


Individuals or groups whose abilities to cope with tasks of daily living are threatened or impaired by biological or psychological stress, trauma or deficit. These include babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, school children, adolescents, adults and the elderly.

Where does an Occupational Therapist work?


Hospitals, private practice, schools and pre-schools, clinics and care facilities for the elderly.



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