Diseases & Conditions
A medical professional trained in occupational therapy who uses “occupation” (purposeful activity) to help children with physical, developmental, or emotional disabilities lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. An occupational therapist may evaluate children with developmental or neuromuscular problems in order to plan treatment activities, or conduct group or individual treatment to help children in a mental health center learn to cope with daily activities. They also may recommend changes in layout and design of the home or school to allow children with injuries or disabilities greater access and mobility.
Occupational therapists work in a variety of different settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, private practice, and government agencies.