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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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 Their schools bill Medicaid for services including physical and occupational therapy, psychological counseling and speech-language assistance. Washington Post, "How Medicaid Became A Go-To Funder For Schools," 9 Mar. 2018 ProHealth provides medical and radiation oncology, cardiac diagnostics, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, diagnostic imaging, mammography and laboratory services in Mukwonago. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ProHealth Care plans to build a new $55 million hospital in Mukwonago," 16 May 2018 Her long-term goal is to work in the occupational therapy field. Mike Owens, Philly.com, "Suzanna Cantwell nets 200th career goal to make Bishop McDevitt girls' lacrosse history," 2 May 2018 These activities complement physical and occupational therapy by strengthening hand/eye coordination and spatial awareness, Gilmore said. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Veterans Museum festival celebrates military kids," 30 Apr. 2018 Frisch, 24, is getting her doctorate in occupational therapy at Rush University Medical College of Health Sciences. Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Student researchers see Chicago communities as partners in gun violence research," 29 Mar. 2018

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of occupational therapy was in 1915

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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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