Occupational therapy employs "occupation" or purposeful activity to help people of all ages with physical, developmental, or emotional dysfunctions and assists people to prevent, lessen, or overcome disabilities.
Occupational therapists direct the patient's participation in selected tasks to restore, reinforce, or enhance performance and learning of those skills and functions essential for daily activities. Working cooperatively with other members of the health team, occupational therapists help patients improve their basic motor skills, reasoning, and functional abilities, while utilizing purposeful activity in a variety of settings to reduce physical and psychosocial disability.
Occupational therapists find employment in:
- Nursing homes
- Private offices
- Rehabilitation centers
- Health maintenance organizations
- Home health
- Sports organizations
- Health clubs
- Corporate fitness centers
- Public health clinics
- Home health
- American Occupational Therapy Association - Students: contains links to all accredited programs in the U.S.
- American Occupational Therapy Foundation Library: contains various databases and links of interest to occupational therapists.
- Occupational Therapy World: This site provides many valuable links to resources such as an OT Library, OT usenet groups, and an OT salary survey.