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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Examples of occupational therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The occupational therapy student and three friends celebrated a birthday at one of the outdoor picnic tables at Nacho Mama’s on Pennsylvania Avenue. Phillip Jackson, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland’s college bars and restaurants offer students an escape, but not from the masks and social distancing of the pandemic," 17 Sep. 2020 Many schools employ occupational therapy practitioners who are using telehealth tools to evaluate kids’ workstations, Jacobs says. Gulnaz Khan, National Geographic, "How to keep your kid digitally healthy," 14 Sep. 2020 That will include academic instruction, as well as other services such as speech, physical or occupational therapy, in small groups of about six students, Doyle said. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County schools to start phased reopening," 13 Sep. 2020 His services, such as occupational therapy, come to him in the classroom, not the other way around. Jessica Saggio|contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Mandeville teen to be featured in the lights of Times Square," 6 Sep. 2020 Last year, Brislane was diagnosed with autism and started to receive occupational therapy, sometimes wearing noise-canceling headphones so the volume of the world is bearable. Anna Kim, chicagotribune.com, "Harwood Heights 13-year-old’s hypersensitive hearing saved neighbor’s life," 22 Aug. 2020 It’s aimed at ensuring the students can access services like occupational therapy, speech and language services and individualized education programs. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Busting Bundy, blaming students, supporting masks: News from around our 50 states," 27 Aug. 2020 Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "‘How is this possible? What are the odds?’," 23 Aug. 2020 Services also are provided for preschool students with communication disorders and related services, occupational therapy and physical therapy are provided when needed. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "Mold pushes SELF to virtual instruction to start school year," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of occupational therapy

1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Occupational therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupational%20therapy. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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