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Explaining Occupational Therapy

Oct 5, 2013, by Jen · 1 comment

When someone asks me “What is occupational therapy?” I want to respond “Do you have a minute or an hour?” Occupational therapy is an amazing field, but defining occupational therapy can be a challenge at times. Occupational therapy is a health profession that focuses on the meaningful activities that OCCUPY a person’s day. For example, the meaningful activities that occupy my days typically include waking up and preparing breakfast for myself, driving to school, learning from my professors and peers, working as a student ambassador after class, and engaging in social events with my friends in the evening. If I suddenly was unable to complete these various occupations independently (whether due to an illness, disease, stressful event, etc.), I might seek out the care of an occupational therapist who would evaluate and treat me so that I may participate more fully in my life. For more information on defining occupational therapy, I recommend checking out the American Occupational Therapy Association website.


1. Comment by Billy Huynh on Oct 8, 2013

Hello there! My name is Billy Huynh and I’m currently an undergraduate student at San Diego State University. I want to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy, but unfortunately, there isn’t an OT program available here at SDSU. So, my dream is to transfer to CSU for the 2-year Masters Program for OT after I earn my Bachelor’s degree here. However, I have some questions that I’d like to ask you. Please feel free to e-mail me or add me on Facebook! I’d really appreciate any time and help you would be willing to offer. Thank you! smile

Kindest regards

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