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Georgia Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice

Definition of Occupational Therapy

"Occupational therapy" includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Evaluation and treatment of individuals whose abilities to cope with the tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental deficiencies, the aging process, learning disabilities, poverty and cultural differences, physical injury or disease, psychological and social disabilities, or anticipated dysfunction. The treatment utilizes task oriented activities to prevent or correct physical, cognitive, or emotional deficiencies or to minimize the disabling effect of these deficiencies in the life of the individual;
  • Such evaluation techniques as assessment of sensory motor abilities, assessment of the development of self-care activities and capacity for independence, assessment of the physical capacity for prevocational and work tasks, assessment of play and leisure performance, and appraisal of living areas for persons with disabilities; and
  • Specific occupational therapy techniques, such as activity analysis, activities of daily living skills, the fabrication and application of splints and adaptive devices, sensory motor activities, the use of specifically designed manual and creative activities, guidance in the selection and use of adaptive equipment, specific exercises and physical agent modalities to enhance physical functional performance, work capacities, and treatment techniques for physical capabilities and cognitive retraining. Such techniques are applied in the treatment of individual patients or clients, in groups, or through social systems.

Physical Agent Modalities

"Physical agent modalities" means treatment techniques which utilize heat, light, sound, cold, electricity, or mechanical devices and also means electrical therapeutic modalities which induce heat or electrical current beneath the skin, including but not limited to therapeutic ultrasound, galvanism, microwave, diathermy, and electro muscular stimulation, and also means hydrotherapy

Certification for the Use of Physical Agent Modalities


Ga. Code Ann. § 43-28-3

Ga. Code Ann. § 43-28-8.1

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