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  • Casadie Morris

What is Occupational Therapy?

Updated: Apr 17

According to AOTA.org, Occupational Therapy can be defined as "Intervention uses everyday life activities (occupations) to promote health, well-being, and your ability to participate in the important activities in your life."



What exactly does Occupational Therapy services include?


Occupational therapy (OT) services encompass a wide range of interventions designed to help individuals of all ages participate in activities of daily living (ADLs), improve their quality of life, and promote independence despite physical, mental, developmental, or emotional challenges. Here are some of the key components and interventions that occupational therapy services typically include:


  1. Evaluation and Assessment: Thorough assessment of the individual's abilities, limitations, and environmental factors to tailor interventions effectively.

  2. Skill Development: Targeted interventions to improve fine motor skills, gross motor skills, cognitive skills, sensory processing skills, and social skills essential for daily living.

  3. Activity and Task Analysis: Breaking down challenging tasks into manageable components to facilitate improved performance.

  4. Adaptive Techniques and Equipment: Recommending and teaching the use of assistive devices and adaptive strategies to compensate for physical or cognitive impairments.

  5. Self-Care Training: Assisting individuals in developing or regaining skills for activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, and toileting.

  6. Environmental Modifications: Assessing and suggesting modifications to home, school, work, or community environments to enhance accessibility, safety, and independence.

  7. Work and Vocational Rehabilitation: Providing vocational assessments, job coaching, and workplace accommodations to support successful return to work or school.

  8. Sensory Integration Therapy: Interventions aimed at regulating sensory input to improve attention, behavior, and participation in daily activities for those with sensory processing difficulties.

  9. Cognitive Rehabilitation: Addressing cognitive impairments through memory training, executive function exercises, and other interventions for conditions like stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia.

  10. Psychosocial Support: Offering emotional and behavioral support, counseling, coping strategies, and social skills training to improve overall well-being and participation in daily life.


These components represent the core of occupational therapy services, emphasizing individualized care to enhance independence and quality of life.


Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions about Occupational Therapy and believe you or a loved one would be a good candidate for services.


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