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What is Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy?

I was looking through the blogs that we have already posted and one of the blogs stands out to me. As soon as I read the title Occupational Therapy School, a memory came back to me. It was the moment when I first heard the words “Occupational Therapy.” I remember that my brain went blank; I had no idea what it was. I had heard about Physical Therapy but not about occupational therapy; I did not know what the difference was. That is when I decided to write this blog, thinking about all of those students who like me, have never heard about occupational therapy. This blog might help you decide what is best for you. I also want to prevent you from feeling the same way I did, like I was the only one who had no idea about Occupational Therapy.


Occupational therapy is a treatment given to individuals who suffer from a mental, physical or developmental condition. Occupational therapy helps them to accomplish those daily tasks – like dressing, brushing our teeth, cooking, eating, writing, and driving – that we sometimes take for granted. For these people, OT represents their independence. In general, an occupational therapist helps individuals get back on their feet. If you like helping others adjust to daily life; occupational therapy might be for you. In addition, an occupational therapist may evaluate home and job sites and recommend adaptation changes, may recommend adapted equipment and offer training on that equipment, and also assess on skills and give treatment to their patients.

As an occupational therapist, you may work in hospitals, clinics, schools, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and even at clients’ homes. Employment is expected to grow in the coming years. Occupational therapy will be an important part of treatment for different illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, or for individuals who have lost a limb. If this has got you thinking about becoming an occupational therapist and you want to know how to become one, I recommend you to read Occupational Therapy School by Sydney Stinnett. You might also want to talk with the PPHC advisors in Chemistry Building Room 340A.



To read more about Occupational Therapy visit these websites.

World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Aurora Health Care


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    • Maggie Gilchrest-Dunnam

      Thank you for your feedback! Be sure to stay tuned for more information on Pre-Professional Health Careers, as well as other topics related to Occupational Therapy.


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