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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Every year, more students need speech and occupational therapy as well as academic counseling and individual education plans, adding more to teachers' plates, according to Arndt. Jon Michael Raasch, Fox News, 28 Sep. 2022 At the time, Elizabeth was working as a broadcast journalist at KLBK News, while Jason was finishing his Master's degree in occupational therapy at Texas Tech University. Sarah Michaud, PEOPLE.com, 27 July 2022 In addition to her personal trainer’s certification, Ms. Harris has a bachelor’s degree in food science, nutrition and health promotion and a master’s in occupational therapy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 The wide range of services will include physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology and more, Taber said. Ed Stannard, Hartford Courant, 19 Sep. 2022 With the support of speech and occupational therapy, Armani began thriving. Lauren Lee, CNN, 17 Sep. 2022 Treatment focuses on physical and occupational therapy to help patients adapt and regain function. Dr. Céline Gounder, CBS News, 15 Sep. 2022 These include in-home services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical supplies, skilled nursing, and more. Krista Drobac, STAT, 17 Aug. 2022 To better serve clients, Strunk’s idea was to bring everything under one roof in a single center, including speech and occupational therapy—as well as ABA. Erika Fry, Fortune, 29 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of occupational therapy was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Occupational therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupational%20therapy. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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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