Occupational therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally disabling condition. Occupational therapists use treatments to develop, recover or maintain the daily living and work skills of their patients. The therapist helps clients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. The goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
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- American Occupational Therapy Association
- This site includes information about who needs an occupational therapist and how therapy works.
- Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado
- This site includes basic information on occupational therapy as well as information for professionals in the field.