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Rhode Island OT Scope of Practice
How is occupational therapy defined in Rhode Island?
"Occupational therapy" is the use of purposeful activity or interventions designed to achieve functional outcomes that promote health, prevent injury or disability, and develop, improve, sustain, or restore the highest possible level of independence of any individual who has an injury, illness, cognitive impairment, sensory impairment, psychosocial dysfunction, mental illness, developmental or learning disability, physical disability, or other disorder or condition.
Occupational therapy includes evaluation by means of skilled observation of functional performance or assessment through the administration and interpretation of standardized or non-standardized tests and measurements.
What is included in the practice of occupational therapy?
The evaluation and provision of treatment in consultation with the individual, family or other appropriate persons;
Interventions directed toward developing, improving, sustaining, or restoring daily living skills, including self-care skills and activities that involve interactions with others and the environment, work readiness or work performance, play skills or leisure capacities or educational performance skills;
Developing, improving, sustaining or restoring sensorimotor, oral-motor, perceptual or neuromuscular functioning; or emotional, motivational, cognitive or psychosocial components of performance; and
Education of the individual, family or other appropriate persons in carrying out appropriate interventions.
These services may encompass evaluation of need and the design, development, adaptation, application or training in the use of assistive technology devices; the design, fabrication or
Application of rehabilitative technology, such as selected orthotic devices; training in the functional use of orthotic or prosthetic devices; the application of therapeutic activities, modalities, or exercise as an adjunct to or in preparation for functional performance; the application of ergonomic principles; the adaptation of environments and processes to enhance daily living skills; or the promotion of health and wellness.
What is specifically excluded from the practice?
Are there any special trainings or requirements?
R.I Gen. Laws § 5-40.1-3