You have probably realized by now that occupational therapy has a focus on “occupations” and this is true. First let’s look at why it has the term “occupation” in it. Occupation can actually have several meanings in everyday life. Most people will first think of career choices or their job when they hear the term but it also refers to the process of doing (or occupying) a certain activity. For the purpose of treating individuals with specific pre-determined goals this is the definition that matters.
Occupational therapists (OT) and their assistants (COTA) strive to help people with certain handicaps or disabilities in a variety of physical, emotional, developmental, cognitive, and social capacities to achieve maximum independence so they can function in their daily lives. This involves teaching, or re-teaching in certain cases, the essential skills for self sufficiency at work, school, home, and in expected public situations. Having concern for the individual is of complete importance for success in this profession.
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