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MSOTA Mississippi Occupational Therapy Association

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is the art and science of directing participation in selected tasks to restore, reinforce and enhance performance; to facilitate learning of skills and functions essential for adaptation and productivity; to diminish or correct pathology; and to promote and maintain health. Its fundamental purpose is the development and maintenance of the capacity to perform those tasks and roles essential to productive living and to the mastery of self and the environment.

Who Benefits from Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy provides services to those individuals whose abilities to cope with tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental deficits, aging, poverty, and cultural differences, physical injury or illness, or psychosocial and social disability.

A wide variety of people can benefit from occupational therapy, including those with

  • work related injuries such as low back problems or repetitive stress injuries
  • limitations following a stroke or heart attack
  • arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
  • birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities
  • mental health or behavioral problems including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress
  • substance abuse problems or eating disorders
  • burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations
  • broken bones or other injuries from falls, sports injuries, or accidents
  • vision or cognitive problems that threaten their ability to drive

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