Term Occupational Therapy
Code LR-6200
Definition Programs that evaluate the task performance skills of individuals who may be having difficulty engaging in self-care, work, play or leisure time activities and help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational therapy services typically include an individualized evaluation, during which the individual/family and occupational therapist agree on the person's goals; customized intervention to improve the person's ability to perform daily activities and reach their goals; and an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Created 3/10/92
Changed 5/8/13
Use References Occupational Therapist Services
See Also References Hippotherapy (LR-3050)
Independent Living Skills Instruction (LR-3200)
Limb Assessment (LF-4900.4550)
Physical/Occupational Therapy Aids (LH-5000.6600)
Psychiatric Occupational Therapy (RP-8000.7000)
Rehabilitation Volunteer Opportunities (PX-3000.7000)
Self Help Instruction (LR-7800)
External Classification Terms Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (AIRS HC-300)
Occupational Therapy (NPC E12.08)
Outpatient Rehabilitation (UW 2.1.04.02)
Rehabilitative Care (NTE E50)
Related Concepts Disabilities
Facet Service
Comments I found this helpful clarification when doing related research: Many people do not understand how occupational therapy differs from physical therapy. The primary difference is that the occupational therapist assesses the patient's ability to perform his daily "occupations" or activities and the physical therapist focuses on improving mobility. When a physical therapist treats a person with a hip fracture his goal may be for the patient to walk and use the stairs. An occupational therapist, on the other hand, may recommend bathtub grab bars and a raised toilet seat to increase safety and independence during self-care "occupations".
Bibliographic References "About Occupational Therapy", The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., http://www.aota.org/consumers.aspx

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