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Illinois Occupational Therapy Definitions

The Illinois occupational therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Address of Record”- The designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address, and those changes must be made either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department.

“Board”- The Illinois Occupational Therapy Licensure Board appointed by the Secretary.

“Department” - The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

“Occupational Therapist” - A person initially registered and licensed to practice occupational therapy as defined in this Act, and whose license is in good standing.

“Occupational Therapy Assistant” - A person initially registered and licensed to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, and to implement the occupational therapy treatment program as established by the licensed occupational therapist.

“Occupational Therapy” - The therapeutic use of purposeful and meaningful occupations or goal-directed activities to evaluate and provide interventions for individuals, groups, and populations who have a disease or disorder, an impairment, an activity limitation, or a participation restriction that interferes with their ability to function independently in their daily life roles, including activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).

“Occupational Therapy Services” - Services that may be provided to individuals, groups, and populations, when provided to treat an occupational therapy need.

“Physical Agent Modalities”:

    • Refer to those modalities that produce a response in soft tissue through the use of light, water, temperature, sound, or electricity;
    • Are characterized as adjunctive methods used in conjunction with or in immediate preparation for: patient involvement in purposeful activity; the use of ergonomic principles; the adaptation of environments and processes to enhance functional performance; or the promotion of health and wellness; and
    • Include but are not limited to the following:
      • Electrical stimulation;
      • Iontophoresis;
      • Superficial heating agents;
      • Cryotherapy; and
      • Deep heating agents.

“Secretary”- The Secretary of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.


225 ILCS 75/2

68 Ill. Admin. Code § 1315.162

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