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What is occupational therapy?

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) defines occupational therapy as the therapeutic use of occupations throughout daily activities to support participation and function in life roles. Basically, illnesses and accidents can cause challenges that affect independence. Occupational therapists help people return to their lives with as much independence, meaning, and purpose as possible.

Check out the full definition of occupational therapy practice here: http://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Advocacy/State/Resources/PracticeAct/Model%20Definition%20of%20OT%20Practice%20%20Adopted%2041411.ashx