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Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice

How is occupational therapy defined in Massachusetts?

''Occupational therapy'', the application of principles, methods and procedures of evaluation, problem identification, treatment, education, and consultation which utilizes purposeful activity in order to maximize independence, prevent or correct disability, and maintain health. These services are used with individuals, throughout the life span, whose abilities to interact with their environment are limited by physical injury or illness, disabilities, poverty and cultural differences or the aging process.

What is included in the practice of occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy includes but is not limited to:

    • Administering and interpreting tests necessary for effective treatment planning;
    • Developing daily living skills, perceptual motor skills, sensory integrative functioning, play skills and prevocational and vocational work capacities;
    • Designing, fabricating or applying selected orthotic and prosthetic devices or selected adaptive equipment;
    • Utilizing designated modalities, superficial heat and cold, and neuromuscular facilitation techniques to improve or enhance joint motion muscle function;
    • Designing and applying specific therapeutic activities and exercises to enhance or monitor functional or motor performance and to reduce stress; and
    • Adapting environments for the handicapped. These services are provided to individuals or groups through medical, health, educational, industrial or social systems.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?


Are there any special trainings or requirements?



M.G. L. Ch. 112 Section 23A

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