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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Other Words from occupational therapy

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Examples of occupational therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the success of the life skills course, leaders with the Playhouse and Mount Mary are eager to continue the partnership with occupational therapy students. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 At the time of his death, Kaipust was working as an assistant professor of occupational therapy at Creighton University in nearby Ohama, according to his bio on the university's website. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Tomkow, who’s still in occupational therapy for her long COVID, has a front-row seat to that rapid evolution. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Jackson, 79, has been transferred to the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab for physical and occupational therapy. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 28 Aug. 2021 Lengthy stints in rehab and a nursing home followed, coupled with painstaking occupational therapy. Susan E. Rice, CNN, 30 July 2021 Groups will be led by graduate level occupational therapy students from Bay Path University to promote health and wellness. courant.com, 11 June 2021 The total includes 59 occupational therapy students enrolled in a program run jointly with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, 13 Mar. 2021 Areas of study include nursing, dental hygiene, health administration, occupational therapy, physical therapy and pharmacy, according to the school’s website. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 13 July 2021

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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 18 Sep. 2021.

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occupational therapy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of occupational therapy

: 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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