What is Occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is the extra treatment or therapy that is given to help a person develop skills or recover, to be able to live a normal daily life.

This is mostly required in case of people with disabilities, injuries or impairments.

Occupational therapy is also given to children with disabilities so that they can take part in basic school and social activities. The therapy helps people in recovering from a injury to get back skills that may have been affected. It is also useful for old people who are facing physical and cognitive changes.

Occupational therapy covers a wide variety of health issues like physical and mental health, aging and rehabilitation. Occupational therapists assess the condition of their patients and then guide them through a recovery plan. Occupational therapy came to India as a profession in 1950.

All India Occupational Therapists' Association-AIOTA, is the body that regulates and represents occupational therapy in India.