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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally disabling condition. Occupational therapists help clients perform all types of activities, from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking and eating. Physical exercises may be used to increase strength and dexterity, while other activities may be chosen to improve visual acuity or the ability to discern patterns. Patients with permanent disabilities, such as spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, often need special instruction to master certain daily tasks. For these individuals, therapists demonstrate use of adaptive equipment, including wheelchairs, orthoses, eating aids and dressing aids.*

* Information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the United States Department of Labor