What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) is a health care profession that helps people with or without disability to improve their skills so that they can perform and participate in daily activities. OT education is a 4- or 5-year degree obtained from a college or university. After passing the national licensure examination, an OT student will become a registered/licensed occupational therapist who can work as a clinician, manager or administrator, entrepreneur, educator, researcher, advocate, and many others. Registered OTs can work in a wide spectrum of work places including hospitals, clinics, schools, universities, industries, communities, research institutions, government office, non-government organizations.
According to the Philippine Academy of Occupational Therapists Inc (formely known as Occuptional Therapy Association of the Philippines Inc) (2013), OT is the art of caring, science of living (original translation in Filipino language, "Sining ng pagkalinga, agham ng pamumuhay").
For more information about OT and its difference to physical therapy and speech pathology, please go to the Infographics tab and view Breaking Myths: The Case for Therapists.