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Delaware Occupational Therapy Definitions 

The Delaware occupational therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Applicant” - An individual who applies to be licensed as an OT or OTA on Delaware.

“Board” - The Delaware Board of Occupational Therapy Practice.

“Division” - The Division of Professional Regulation.

“Excessive Use or Abuse of Drugs or Alcohol” - Any use of narcotics, controlled substances, or illegal drugs without a prescription from a licensed physician, or the abuse of alcoholic beverage such that it impairs a person’s ability to perform the work of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.

“Licensee” - An individual licensed in Delaware to practice occupational therapy services.

“Occupational Therapist” - A person who is licensed to practice occupational therapy under this chapter and offers such services to the public under any title incorporating the words “occupational therapy,” “occupational therapist,” or any similar title or description of occupational therapy services.

“Occupational Therapy Assistant” - A person licensed to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

“Person” - A corporation, company, association, or partnership, or an individual.

“Practice of Occupational Therapy” - The use of goal-directed activities with individuals who are limited by physical limitations due to injury or illness, psychiatric and emotional disorders, developmental or learning disabilities, poverty and cultural differences, or the aging process, in order to maximize independence, prevent disability, and maintain health.

“Substantially Related” - The nature of the criminal conduct for which a person was convicted has a direct bearing on the fitness or ability to perform 1 or more of the duties or responsibilities necessarily related to the practice of occupational therapy.

 “Supervision” - The interactive process between a licensed occupational therapist and an occupational therapy assistant and requires more than a paper review or cosignature.

“Under the Supervision of an Occupational Therapist” - The interactive process between the licensed occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant. It shall be more than a paper review or co-signature. The supervising occupational therapist is responsible for insuring the extent, kind, and quality of the services rendered by the occupational therapy assistant.


Del. Code tit. 24 § 2002

24-2000 Del. Admin. Code § 1.0

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