What is Occupational Therapy?


Occupational Therapy is the art and science of enabling engagement in everyday living, through occupation; of enabling people to perform the occupations that foster health and well-being; and of enabling a just and inclusive society so that all people may participate to their potential in the daily occupations of life” (1, p. 380)

And what do OTs mean by occupation?

“…occupation is everything people do to occupy themselves, including looking after themselves (self-care), enjoying life (leisure), and contributing to the social and economic fabric of their communities (productivity)”. (1, p 377)

I will be adding to this page in coming weeks.

Learn more about OT here, at the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, website

  1. Townsend, Elizabeth A., and Helene J. Polatajko. Enabling Occupation II: Advancing an Occupational Therapy Vision for Health, Well-Being and Justice through Occupation. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, 2013.

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