Definition of Occupational Therapy Practice for the AOTA Model Practice Act
The practice of occupational therapy means the therapeutic use of occupations, including everyday life activities with
individuals, groups, populations, or organizations to support participation, performance, and function in roles and
situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings. Occupational therapy services are provided for habilitation, rehabilitation, and the promotion of health and wellness to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction.Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory-perceptual, and other aspects of
performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in occupations that affect physical and
mental health, well-being, and quality of life.