occupational therapy

noun

Definition of occupational therapy 

: therapy based on engagement in meaningful activities of daily life (such as self-care skills, education, work, or social interaction) especially to enable or encourage participation in such activities despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning

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We were transferred back to Valley Children's Healthcare, and the next month was a blur of exhausting physical, speech, and occupational therapy. Kerry Cromwell, Good Housekeeping, "My Little Boy Was Just 7 Years Old When He Had a Catastrophic Stroke," 26 July 2018 Facebook page, Hutto attends physical and occupational therapy, but struggles with some motor skills. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Football player with cerebral palsy scores first touchdown against rival team," 12 Sep. 2018 Total bill: $10,190 for occupational therapy for two patients, father and son. Stephanie O'neill, Washington Post, "Father’s And Son’s Injuries Lead To The Mother Of All Therapy Bills," 29 June 2018 Several times a week, kids like Patrick go to physical and occupational therapy to be coached through repetitive exercises. Kate Horowitz, Popular Mechanics, "Why Power Wheels Are the Perfect Physical Therapy Tool for Kids," 9 Aug. 2016 The occupational therapy team created a system of sticks with different tools attached to the end, such as writing utensils, that the girl could manipulate using her mouth. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD’s growing special ed population leads to expansion of services," 22 June 2018 Kara spends three hours in physical therapy and occupational therapy each day. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "UA student recounts sudden paralysis during trip to Spain," 3 July 2018 Over the course of a year, the children will learn how to use the arms through occupational therapy. Ty Russell, ajc, "UCF students to give free bionic arms to children with missing limbs," 16 May 2018 And six months later the family was encouraged to send Sadie to physical/occupational therapy. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Higueras have reason to celebrate Sadie's 5th birthday," 18 May 2018

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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occupational therapy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of occupational therapy

medical : treatment that helps people who have physical or mental problems learn to do the activities of daily life

occupational therapy

noun

Medical Definition of occupational therapy 

: therapy based on engagement in meaningful activities of daily life (as self-care skills, education, work, or social interaction) especially to enable or encourage participation in such activities despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning

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