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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to participate in daily living

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on the things you want and need to do in your daily life. Occupational therapy intervention uses everyday life activities, known as occupations, to promote health, well-being, and your ability to participate in the important activities in your life. This includes any meaningful activity that a person wants to accomplish, including taking care of yourself and your family, working, volunteering, going to school, among many others.

Where do occupational therapy practitioners work?

Occupational therapy services may be provided in a client's home, community settings (e.g., community centers, shelters, free clinics), hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, primary care offices, schools, and many other locations.

Occupational therapy practitioners may also work as consultants and experts in health information technology, human centered design, addressing the health of communities, education (e.g. schools, higher education), health promotion programs, driving and community mobility, and many others.

Wherever daily activities occur, occupational therapy services can be provided!


What is Occupational Therapy brochure from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

About Occupational Therapy webpage from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)

Occupational Therapy webpage from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy, Inc. (MAOT)
P.O. Box 850543 Braintree, MA 02185   Email:

*MAOT no longer has a phone number - please email us at the address above*

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