Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.
6 Movies for Occupational Therapy
U.S. Champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce suffers a traumatic brain injury from a training accident in Utah and is determined to snowboard again.
A man who is passionate about salmon fishing wants to bring it to his homeland Yemen. The main characters realize the importance of occupation and purpose in their lives.
A public school in Brooklyn has won the most national championships for chess club. This is a documentary that focuses on the students learning life skills and their love for chess.
Abbey Curran was the first woman with a disability to compete in the Miss USA pageant. She founded an annual pageant for girls with physical and intellectual disabilities.
A young man suffers from a traumatic brain injury after a car accident. He is struggling after moving from home and trying to be independent. This is an action film dealing with the importance of trusted relationships.
A woman who works at a marine tourist park is in an accident and has to have her legs amputated. She meets a man that helps her get back into the ocean and learn to swim again.
What is OT?
I have been reading blogs about perfecting ones “what is OT” elevator speech. If you were on an elevator and someone asked you what you did as an occupational therapist what would you say?
I thought I should write my own response to that question and please if anyone wants to let us know their’s, send an email to with subject OT elevator speech.
“Occupational Therapists work with adults of all ages, helping them to get back to their activities with as much independence as possible including getting back to work, as well as with children, focusing on development and doing the best they can in school.”
What is your “elevator speech”?