Occupational therapy is a health care profession that provides services to individuals of all ages whose lives have been disrupted by physical injury or illness, developmental problems, the aging process, or social or psychological difficulties.
Occupational therapists assume the roles of practitioner, manager of occupational therapy services, and contributor to the profession.
The occupational therapist practitioner develops and implements a treatment plan to help individuals to function in self-care, home management, school, work, and play/leisure occupations to establish a lifestyle that is optimally independent, productive, and satisfying to the individual. The occupational therapist manager understands the roles and functions of other healthcare professionals and collaborates with them in coordinating and integrating services. The occupational therapist contributor recognizes current issues facing occupational therapy and healthcare, participates in clinical research, and advocates appropriately for clients and the profession.