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Indiana Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice
The Practice of Occupational Therapy
"Practice of occupational therapy" means the therapeutic use of everyday life occupations and occupational therapy services to:
The practice of occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect a person's health, well-being, and quality of life throughout the person's life span.
Occupational Therapy Services
"Occupational therapy services" means services that are provided to promote health and wellness, prevent disability, preserve functional capabilities, prevent barriers for occupational performance from occurring, and enable or improve performance in everyday activities, including services that do the following:
Establish, remediate, or restore a skill or ability that is impaired or not yet developed. Occupational therapy services include identifying speech, language, and hearing that are impaired or not yet developed, but does not include the remediation of speech, language, and hearing skills and abilities.
Modify or adapt a person or an activity or environment of a person or compensate for a loss of a person's functions.
Evaluate factors that affect daily living activities, instrumental activities of daily living, and other activities relating to work, play, leisure, education, and social participation. These factors may include body functions, body structure, habits, routines, role performance, behavior patterns, sensory motor skills, cognitive skills, communication and interaction skills, and cultural, physical, psychosocial, spiritual, developmental, environmental, and socioeconomic contexts and activities that affect performance.
Perform interventions and procedures relating to the factors including the following:
An occupational therapist may assess and manage the pharyngoesophageal phase of swallowing, including instrumental evaluations, only if the occupational therapist has done the following:
The competencies required must be annually reviewed and updated.