Occupational therapists are health and rehabilitation professionals
who help people regain, develop, and build skills that are important for
independent functioning, health, well-being, security, and happiness.
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who, because
of illness, injury, developmental delays, or psychological problems, need
assistance in learning skills to help them lead independent, productive, and
An occupational therapist (OT) can be licensed at the professional
level after completing a degree in his or her field. OTs
must also complete a supervised fieldwork program and pass a national
Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) typically have
completed an associate degree program.
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