What is an occupational therapist?
Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession that helps people with physical, developmental,
or emotional disabilities lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
An occupational therapist (OT) is part of the multidisciplinary rehab team. They often
direct these types of care:
Evaluates children with developmental or neuromuscular problems. Helps plan treatments
that will help them grow mentally, socially, and physically.
Helps adults learn how to do activities of daily living (ADLs) at home, on the job,
and in the community.
Helps the elderly adjust to the special problems of aging while remaining physically
and mentally active
Advises changes in layout and design of the home, school, or workplace to give people
with disabilities greater access and mobility.
Teaches energy conservation and work simplification methods.
Improves communication skills, such as reading, writing, and using the phone.
OTs work in many settings, such as:
OTs hold a master's or doctoral degree. They are certified by the American Occupational