occupational therapy

noun

: 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
occupational therapist noun

Examples of occupational therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The school kept students of different abilities together in the same classrooms with higher staffing levels, and offered nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 Long COVID experts partner with consultants in pulmonary/sleep medicine, cardiology, neurology and physical medicine, as well as rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, and mental health therapy. Dr. Krupa Patel, ABC News, 24 Oct. 2023 Jessica Ryan said that in New York City, her son, who has autism, received counseling, occupational therapy, and a classroom with a standard education teacher and a special education teacher. Kaiser Health News, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2024 Radiology, laboratory, mental health, emergency care, office visits, and physical or occupational therapy were key areas where women paid more than men. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 29 Sep. 2023 Kennedy is doing well and continues to undergo physical and occupational therapy, People reported. Jennifer Rodriguez, Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024 One potential solution would be to get the state’s Medi-Cal program, California’s version of Medicaid, to cover occupational therapy so therapists can bill directly for services without a prescription from a doctor or a licensed practitioner. Molly Castle Work | Kff Health News, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 The teen is also in occupational therapy and speech therapy. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 28 Oct. 2023 Enter Email Sign Up Federal law requires public school districts to start providing special education services such as speech and occupational therapy to children starting at age 3. Steph MacHado, BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of occupational therapy was in 1915

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“Occupational therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupational%20therapy. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

occupational therapy

noun
: 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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