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Occupational therapy (OT) is a skilled rehabilitative profession that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Differing from physical therapy, OT helps people with activities of daily living (ADL), such as bathing, dressing and toileting, but also includes many other skills necessary for all of life's roles, including work, play, school and caring for themself and others. Occupational therapists have the knowledge to understand progressive conditions and life changes that can affect ADL performance and other aspects of daily life.
Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury. The occupational therapist enters the field with a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree. The occupational therapy assistant generally earns an associate degree. Practitioners must complete supervised clinical internships in a variety of health care settings, and pass a national examination. Most states (including New York) also regulate and provide licensure for occupational therapy practice.
A wide variety of people can benefit from OT, including those with:
Click here to learn more from the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.