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Pennsylvania OT Scope of Practice 

How does Pennsylvania define occupational therapy?

"Occupational therapy." The evaluation of learning and performance skills and the analysis, selection and adaptation of activities for an individual whose abilities to cope with the activities of daily living, to perform tasks normally performed at a given stage of development and to perform essential vocational tasks which are threatened or impaired by that person's developmental deficiencies, aging process, environmental deprivation or physical, psychological, injury or illness, through specific techniques which include:

    • Planning and implementing activity programs to improve sensory and motor functioning at the level of performance normal for the individual's stage of development.
    • Teaching skills, behaviors and attitudes crucial to the individual's independent, productive and satisfying social functioning.
    • The design, fabrication and application of orthotics to enhance performance in occupations, not to include prosthetic devices, and the adaptation of equipment necessary to assist patients in adjusting to a potential or actual impairment and instructing in the use of such devices and equipment.
    • Analyzing, selecting and adapting activities to maintain the individual's optimal performance of tasks to prevent disability.


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