Occupational Therapy

The American Occupational Therapy Association describes occupational therapy as skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the "skills for the job of living" that are necessary for independent and satisfying lives. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • Customized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities
  • Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
  • Performance skills assessments and treatment
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
  • Guidance to family members and caregivers

Occupational therapy services are delivered in a variety of settings. Some of the settings are schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and mental health clinics.

Persons with the following conditions may benefit from occupational therapy:

Alzheimer's disease Low vision
Amputation Conditions related to aging
Arthritis Mood disorders
Attention deficit & hyperactivity disorders Musculoskeletal trauma
Autism Parkinson's disease
Carpal tunnel syndrome Repetitive motion disorders
Cerebral Palsy Schizophrenia
Chronic pain Stroke
Fibromyalgia Substance abuse
Hand injuries Sensory dysfunction
Hip fracture/ replacement Spinal cord injury
Learning disabilities Traumatic brain injury
Delayed development  

To read more about occupational therapy and the services occupational therapists provide, visit these web sites:

Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association
P.O. Box 5531 . Louisville, KY 40255 . Toll Free: 1-888-987-KOTA (5682) . Email: kotaweb@kotaweb.org