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About Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?


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Occupational therapy practitioners use goal-specific activities to help people of all ages prevent, lessen, or overcome disabilities. Those who work in occupational therapy use their personal and professional skills to help people deal with health problems that interfere with their ability to function in daily life.

Occupational therapy practitioners are important members of the health-care team working closely with physicians, psychologists, nurses, and physical, speech, and recreational therapists. Career opportunities abound in hospitals, public and private schools, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and home health programs. Experienced therapists may also become private practitioners or choose to work in business and industrial settings.

Occupational therapy practitioners work in mental health, pediatrics, gerontology, physical disabilities, and many other areas. By gaining additional skills and training, they are able to practice in specialized areas such as hand rehabilitation, drug and alcohol abuse, and vocational rehabilitation. In addition to clinical practice, practicioners may choose to become involved in administration, education, or research. Occupational therapy is a varied, interesting, and rewarding profession.

Touro College offers two different Occupational Therapy Programs: