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Occupational therapy is treatment to help people live as independently as possible. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who, because of illness, injury, developmental delays, or psychological problems, need assistance in learning skills to help them lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists use work, self-care, and recreational activities to increase independent function.
Occupational therapy can include:
Examples of the many different conditions and situations in which occupational therapy can help are:
Other Works Consulted
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012–2013). Occupational therapists. In Occupational Outlook Handbook. Available online: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm.
Current as ofSeptember 20, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as of:
September 20, 2018
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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