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Kentucky Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice

How is occupational therapy defined in Kentucky?

"Practice of occupational therapy" means the therapeutic use of purposeful and meaningful occupations (goal-directed activities) to evaluate and treat individuals who have a disease or disorder, impairment, activity limitation, or participation restriction that interferes with their ability to function independently in daily life roles, and to promote health and wellness.

What is included in the practice of occupational therapy?

"Occupational therapy services" include but are not limited to:

    • Evaluating, developing, improving, sustaining, or restoring skills in basic and instrumental activities of daily living (BADLs and IADLs), work or productive activities, and play and leisure activities;
    • Evaluating, developing, remediating, or restoring components of performance as they relate to sensorimotor, cognitive, or psychosocial aspects;
    • Designing, fabricating, applying, and training in the use of assistive technology or orthotic devices and training in the use of prosthetic devices for functional mobility and activities of daily living;
    • Adapting environments and processes, including the application of ergonomic principles, to enhance performance and safety in daily life roles;
    • Applying superficial physical agent modalities as an adjunct to or in preparation for engagement in occupations;
    • Applying deep physical agent modalities as an adjunct to or in preparation for engagement in occupations, in accordance with KRS 319A.080;
    • Evaluating and providing intervention in collaboration with the client, family, caregiver, or others;
    • Educating the client, family, caregiver, or others in carrying out appropriate nonskilled interventions; and
    • Consulting with groups, programs, organizations, or communities to provide population-based services.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?


Are there any special trainings or requirements?

Kentucky OT Physical Agent Modalities

Kentucky OT Low-Vision and Visual-Therapy Services


Ky, Rev. Stat. Ann. ยง319A.010

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