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Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession focused on helping people regain, develop and build skills that are important for independent functioning, health, well-being, security and happiness. Occupational therapy practitioners work with people of all ages who, because of illness, injury or developmental or psychological impairment, require specialized assistance to learn or relearn skills that enable them to lead independent and productive lives.
Occupational therapy is a major health service that can be used to:
Regain performance skills lost through injury
Maximize independence, promote
Maintain health, and prevent injuryor disability.
Who Needs Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is often necessary for people who have had:
Sychiatric disturbances or
Occupational therapy is used to:
Improve muscle strength and range of motion through activities
Increase independence in daily living skills, such as dressing, eating, bathing and vocational pursuit
Improve gross motor skills
Develop play skills and leisure interests
Help individuals adjust to the use of artificial limbs and adaptive devices
Modify environments, including home and workplace accommodations
Apply emerging technologies that contribute to independent living