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New Jersey Occupational Therapy Definitions
The New Jersey occupational therapy legal and regulatory definitions.
“Client”- A person, group of persons or a system, that receives professional services rendered by a licensed occupational therapist, a licensed occupational therapy assistant or a temporary licensed occupational therapist or assistant in medical, health, educational, vocational or social settings.
“Consultative Services”- The provision of expert or professional advice to a client or other interested party with regard to therapeutic activities or approaches which may be utilized in order to improve the occupational performance of a client.
“Council” - The New Jersey Occupational Therapy Advisory Council.
“Close Supervision”- Daily, face-to-face contact with and frequent observation of the performance of the individual at the location where he or she is rendering services.
“Director”- The Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety.
“Direct Services”- Occupational therapy techniques that are individually designed and that are provided by an occupational therapist, an occupational therapy assistant or a temporary licensed occupational therapist or assistant to a client in order to improve the occupational performance of the client.
“General Supervision”- Face-to-face contact with and observation of the performance of the individual at least once every two weeks at the location where he or she is rendering services.
“Indirect Services”- Occupational therapy techniques that are individually designed, but which do not require direct interaction with the client, for the purpose of directing or advising others in therapeutic activities or approaches which may be used in order to improve the occupational performance of the client.
“Licensee”- Any individual holding a license to provide occupational therapy services in the State of New Jersey.
“Occupational Performance”- The performance of life skills, roles and functions, including work, recreation and leisure skills and the activities of daily living that are affected by sensory, motor, perceptual, cognitive and/or psycho-social abilities.
“Occupational Therapist” - A person licensed to practice occupational therapy pursuant to the provisions of P.L.1993, c.85 (C.45:9-37.51 et seq.).
“Occupational Therapy” - The evaluation, planning, and implementation of a program of purposeful activities to develop or maintain functional skills necessary to achieve the maximal physical or mental functioning, or both, of the individual in the person's daily occupational performance.
“Occupational Therapy Assistant” - A person licensed pursuant to the provisions of this act to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under the supervision of or in collaboration with an occupational therapist on a regularly scheduled basis for the purpose of the planning, review, or evaluation of occupational therapy services.
“Occupational Therapy Services” - The use of specific techniques which enhance the functional performance of a client, including the evaluation and assessment of a client's selfcare, lifestyle performance patterns, work skills, performance related cognitive, sensory, motor, perceptual, affective, interpersonal and social functioning, vocational and prevocational capacities. Occupational therapy services also includes the design, fabrication and application of adaptive equipment or prosthetic or orthotic devices, excluding dental devices, the utilization of physical agent modalities, the administration of standardized and non-standardized assessments and consultation, including recommendations for the adaptation of physical environments.
“Program” - A procedure for solving a problem, including the collection of data, the processing and presentation of test results and the recommended use of purposeful activities, in order to achieve optimal occupational performance.
“Purposeful Activities” - Acts and occupations of craftsmanship and workmanship, as well as creative, educational, or other activities, which in whole or in part are used to correct, compensate for, or prevent dysfunction in the tasks and activities of everyday living, and which simultaneously incorporate personally and culturally relevant biological, psychological, and social elements that produce positive adaptation and motivational behavior.
“Routine Supervision”- Face-to-face contact with and observation of the performance of the individual at least once a week at the location where he or she is rendering services.
“Short Term Goals” - Occupational therapy goals established for no longer than one year.
“Supervision” - The responsible and direct involvement of a licensed occupational therapist with an occupational therapy assistant, a temporary licensed occupational therapist, a temporary licensed occupational therapy assistant or an occupational therapy student fulfilling the required fieldwork component of his or her educational training, for the development of an occupational therapy treatment plan and the periodic review of the implementation of that plan.
“Task Oriented Activities” - Purposeful activities having an explicit, observable and measurable short-term goal which contributes to the well-being of clients.
N.J.S.A. § 45:9-37.53
N.J.A.C. § 13:44K-1.2
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