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North Carolina Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice
Definition of Occupational Therapy
“Occupational therapy” means a health care profession providing evaluation, treatment and consultation to help individuals achieve a maximum level of independence by developing skills and abilities interfered with by disease, emotional disorder, physical injury, the aging process, or impaired development. Occupational therapists use purposeful activities and specially designed orthotic and prosthetic devices to reduce specific impairments and to help individuals achieve independence at home and in the work place
Occupational Therapy Evaluation, Treatment, and Consultation
"Occupational Therapy evaluation, treatment, and consultation" include the following:
The Practice of Occupational Therapy
Methods or strategies selected to direct the process of interventions such as:
Evaluation of factors affecting activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), education, work, play, leisure, and social participation, including:
Interventions and procedures to promote or enhance safety and performance in activities of daily living (ADL), instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), education, work, play, leisure and social participation, including:
Skilled Occupational Therapy Services
"Skilled occupational" therapy services when rendered by an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant means functions that require the exercise of professional occupational therapy judgment, including the interpretation of referrals, screening, assessment, evaluation, development or modification of intervention plans, implementation of intervention, reassessment, or discharge planning.
N.C. Gen. Stat. 90-270.67