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South Carolina OT Scope of Practice

How is occupational therapy defined in South Carolina?

"Occupational therapy" means the functional evaluation and treatment of individuals whose ability to cope with the tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental deficits, the aging process, poverty and cultural differences, physical injury or illness, or psychological or social disability. The treatment utilizes occupational, namely goal-oriented activities, to prevent or correct physical or emotional deficits or to minimize the disabling effect of these deficits in the life of the individual.

What is included in the practice of occupational therapy?

Specific occupational therapy techniques include, but are not limited to:

    • Activities of daily living (ADL),
    • The fabrication and application of splints,
    • Sensory-motor activities,
    • The use of specifically designed crafts,
    • Guidance in the selection and use of adaptive equipment,
    • Exercises to enhance functional performance,
    • Prevocational evaluation and
    • Treatment and consultation concerning adaption of physical environments for the handicapped.

These techniques are applied in the treatment of individual patients or clients, in groups, or through social systems.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?


Are there any special trainings or requirements?



S.C. Cod Ann. § 40-36-20

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