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Well Life Presentation — What is Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy?

“Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things that they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities — enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by help them promote health and prevent or live better with injury, illness, or disability.”

Occupational therapy is a profession that uses assessments and interventions to develop, recover, or maintain meaningful occupations for individuals, groups, and communities.

The approach taken to treat patients includes an individualized, client centered approach looking at the person as a whole. This means focusing on the individuals mind, body, and spirit all in one. We use a medical, scientific and creative approach to treat each individual.

What are occupations?

They are broad and specific daily life events that are personalized and meaningful to the client.


What are ADL's?

ADLs are “Activities of Daily Living”

Those may include:  

  • Going to the bathroom
  • Brushing teeth/hair
  • Getting dressed
  • Eating meals
  • Bathing
  • Functional Mobility

ADL’s are often addressed through a morning routine before the day begins.


IADLs are secondary occupations that come after ADLs. An example is things to needed to manage a household or care for a child or pet.

Who can Occupational Therapy help?

Occupational therapy can work with anyone, starting from birth to end of life care.

There is a variety of places OTs can work. The main places they word would be hospitals, outpatient clinics, in the patient’s home, or in a community setting such as the American Stroke Foundation.