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What is Occupational Therapy?
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Occupational Therapy is the therapeutic use of self-care, work/productive activities, and play/leisure activities to increase independent function, enhance development and prevent disability. The term "occupation" refers to activities that are meaningful to the individual and valued within the environments in which the person lives and functions. Occupational therapy practitioners adapt tasks and the environment to maximize independence and quality of life.

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Where can I find Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists work with people throughout the age span who experience difficulty in daily living activities or who may be at risk for these challenges. Learn more about the many different settings where you can find occupational therapy services.


The American Occupational Therapy Association is a key resource for consumers looking for more information about occupational therapy, or for occupational therapy professionals searching for information to guide their practice.





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