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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Although some workers have persistent symptoms, most have improved with physical and occupational therapy, are doing well and have returned to work, Swanson said. Lindsey Tanner, Los Angeles Times, "Victims of Havana embassy ‘sonic attack’ have distinctly different brains, MRIs show," 23 July 2019 He was discharged and continues to do occupational therapy, speech therapy and physical therapy three times a week, four hours each – with some additional homework to continue exercises away from the facility. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Former NBA player Kenny Anderson doing well in rehab from stroke: ‘I’m almost back to normal’," 18 July 2019 The shelter offers clothing, laundry, transportation, food, occupational therapy and some childcare. Rachel Berry, Cincinnati.com, "3 Greater Cincinnati nonprofits receive grants from A Community Thrives," 17 June 2019 The program covers only skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services and occupational therapy in the home. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Does Medicare, Medi-Cal pay for in-home care?," 24 Apr. 2018 But he’s been getting speech therapy, occupational therapy and other kinds of help. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "'I just want to work': BSO musicians say threatened job cuts could disrupt lives, jeopardize needed healthcare," 5 June 2019 The theorized mechanism of action is Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation, also called DPTS or deep pressure, Justin Scanlan, Ph.D., professor of occupational therapy and mental health clinician-researcher at the University of Sydney, tells SELF. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Do Weighted Blankets Even Do Anything for Anxiety?," 7 May 2019 Although not all districts tap into funding, Medicaid will reimburse districts for in-school vision and hearing exams, occupational therapy for special-education students, even diabetes and asthma management. Washington Post, "How Medicaid Became A Go-To Funder For Schools," 9 Mar. 2018 What Gives: Lopez’s Writers Guild of America insurance covers and paid $60 for each occupational therapy visit. Stephanie O'neill, Washington Post, "Father’s And Son’s Injuries Lead To The Mother Of All Therapy Bills," 29 June 2018

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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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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