OT Defined

Occupational Therapy Session
Occupational therapy (OT) is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent - or live better with - illness, injury or disability.

Occupational therapists work together with the client to design strategies for everyday living and customize environments to develop and maximize their potential or Live life to the fullest.

"Living Life To Its Fullest", for the client, may mean:

  • achieving their goals.
  • functioning at the highest possible level.
  • maintaining or rebuilding their independence.
  • participating in the everyday activities that they need to do or that simply make life worth living.

Occupational therapists take into account the complete person, including his or her psychological, physical, emotional and social makeup.

Occupational therapists use everyday activities as the means to develop the skills that will enable a person to get beyond his or her disability or limitations.

Occupational therapists help a person build healthy habits and routines.

American Occupational Therapy Centennial Vision Statement

“We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society’s occupational needs.”

Focus Areas Of The Centennial Vision

  • Mental Health
  • Children and Youth
  • Work and Industry
  • Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation
  • Productive Aging
  • Health and Wellness

More Information
Find out more about Occupational Therapy from these resources:

From the American Occupational Therapy Association:

"Occupational therapy is the therapeutic use of self-care, work and play activities to increase independent function, enhance development, and prevent disability; may include adaptation of task or environment to achieve maximum independence and to enhance quality of life." 

"… the art and science of directing man’s participation in selected tasks to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance functions that are essential for adaptation and productivity, diminish or correct pathology, and to promote and maintain health." 

Where will you work?
Agencies employing Rockhurst OT Program graduates as clinicians, administrators, researchers and educators include:

  • Medical Centers
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Home Health Agencies
  • School Systems
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Mental Health Programs
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Private Practice