Occupational therapy is a health, education and human service profession. Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with people of all ages to enhance their performance of important everyday activities (occupations) despite the effects of illness, disability, or injury.
Occupational Therapists (OT):
- Utilize a variety of strategies and is a skilled problem solver who is committed to finding ways to enable people to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives
- Deal with an individual’s physical well being
- Address psychological, social, and environmental factors
This unique perspective makes OT an important part of a health care program. With an OT, a client works to improve her/his ability to participate fully in activities of daily living. A client’s work with an OT may be closely coordinated with that of a physical therapist, speech/language therapist, social worker, and/or teacher as all of these fields involve improving an individual’s ability to participate in everyday occupations.
Occupational Therapy Occupational Outlook from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics