Occupational Therapists serve a vital role helping people who have, or are at risk of having, difficulty performing everyday activities

About the OT Profession

Occupational Therapists work with children and adults who have, or are at risk of having, difficulty performing everyday activities. Occupational therapists serve as vital members of an intervention team, consulting with individuals and their families, physicians, physical and speech therapists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, vocational counselors, teachers and other specialists, to promote an active participation in everyday living.

Occupational therapists evaluate factors such as: a person’s physical capacities, cognitive skills, emotional responses, and social adjustment; environmental factors in their lives such as their physical, social, and virtual environments; and, performance factors related to the activities that fill their day or how their communities support persons with disabilities. 

These evaluations allow occupational therapists to intervene and achieve the greatest possible function and participation for people within their communities. This involves using therapeutic activities, adaptive equipment and training people in specialized techniques. Occupational therapists also serve as managers, leaders of rehabilitation teams, and researchers studying the efficacy of therapeutic interventions.

What personal qualities does it take to be an Occupational Therapist?

  • Effective communication skills
  • Openness to new ways of being and living
  • Compassion
  • Flexibility
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Writing skills
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving skills