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Alaska Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice

How is occupational therapy defined in Alaska?

“Occupational therapy” means, for compensation, the use of purposeful activity, evaluation, treatment, and consultation with human beings whose ability to cope with the tasks of daily living are threatened with, or impaired by developmental deficits, learning disabilities, aging, poverty, cultural differences, physical injury or illness, or psychological and social disabilities to maximize independence, prevent disability, and maintain health.

What is included in the practice of occupational therapy?

The practice of occupational therapy in Alaska includes:

    • Developing daily living, play, leisure, social, and developmental skills;
    • Facilitating perceptual-motor and sensory integrative functioning;
    • Enhancing functional performance, prevocational skills, and work capabilities using specifically designed exercises, therapeutic activities and measure, manual intervention, and appliances;
    • Design, fabrication, and application of splints or selective adaptive equipment;
    • Administering and interpreting standardized and nonstandardized assessments, including sensory, manual muscle, and range of motion assessments, necessary for planning effective treatment; and
    • Adapting environments for the disabled.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?


Are there any special trainings or requirements?



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