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New York Occupational Therapy Treatment Program

Include the therapeutic use of goal-directed activities, exercises, or techniques to maximize the client's physical and/or mental functioning in life tasks. Treatment is directed toward maximizing functional skill and task-related performance for the development of a client's vocational, avocational, daily living or related capacities.

Relate to physical, perceptual, sensory, neuromuscular, sensory-integrative, cognitive or psychosocial skills.

Include, where appropriate for such purposes, and under appropriate conditions, modalities and techniques based on approaches taught in an occupational therapy curriculum and included in a program of professional education in occupational therapy registered by the department, and consistent with areas of individual competence. These approaches are based on:

  • The neurological and physiological sciences as taught in a registered occupational therapy professional education program. Modalities and techniques may be based on, but not limited to, any one or more of the following:
  • Sensory integrative approaches;
  • Developmental approaches;
  • Sensorimotor approaches;
  • Neurophysiological treatment approaches;
  • Muscle reeducation;
  • Superficial heat and cold; or
  • Cognitive and perceptual remediation.
  • The behavioral and social sciences as taught in a registered occupational therapy professional education program. Modalities and techniques may be based on, but not limited to, any one or more of the following:
  • Behavioral principles;
  • Work-related programs and simulation;
  • Group dynamics and process; or
  • Leisure/avocational activities.
  • The biomechanical sciences as taught in a registered occupational therapy professional education program. Modalities and techniques may be based on, but not limited to, any one or more of the following:
  • Passive, active assistive, and active range of motion;
  • Muscle strengthening and conditioning;
  • Positioning;
  • Participation in design, fabrication, and/or application, and patient education related to orthotics and adaptive equipment;
  • Evaluation of appropriateness, participation in design concept, application and patient education related to prosthetics;
  • Daily life tasks;
  • Adapting the client's environment; or
  • Work-related programs.

Any treatment program described in this regulation shall be rendered on the prescription or referral of a physician.


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