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Teaching the Art of Independence
Occupational Therapy is a skilled treatment that focuses on helping people of all ages regain, develop, or master everyday skills
in order to live independent, productive and satisfying lives. Whether the individual is young or old, they
engage in "occupations" such as learning, playing, working, or managing a home. Occupational Therapy provides services to
those individuals with physical, emotional, or other challenges who are unable to carry out their daily living tasks.
Occupational therapists assess clients with physical and mental challenges in order to develop activities of daily living (ADL)
that work best for those clients. For a client with a physical disability, the first focus is on performing critical daily
routines, such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and eating. Once these skills are mastered, a program is then built around
the skills needed to perform tasks such as participating in education, caring for a home and family, or seeking and maintaining
For a client with mental illness, the goals are also based on the ability to function independently. In treating mental or
emotional challenges, the occupational therapy program focuses on areas such as managing time, working productively with
others, and enjoying leisure.
Occupational Therapy Practitioners work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, mental
health centers, rehabilitation facilities, private homes and more. Delivery of occupational therapy services involves several
levels of personnel including the occupational therapist, the occupational therapy assistant and aides.
OTA Program -
Association of California
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