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Tennessee OT Scope of Practice
Definition of Occupational Therapy
"Occupational therapy practice" means the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations) for the purpose of enabling individuals or groups to participate in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community and other settings. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and sensory aspects of performance in a variety of contexts to support engagement in occupations that affect health, well-being and quality of life. "Occupational therapy practice" includes, but is not limited to:
The screening, evaluation, assessment, planning, implementation and discharge planning of an occupational therapy program or services in consultation with the client, family members, caregivers and other appropriate persons;
Selection and administration of standardized and non-standardized tests and measurements to evaluate factors affecting activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, education, work, play, leisure and social participation, including:
Methods or strategies selected to direct the process of interventions, such as:
Interventions and procedures to promote or enhance safety and performance in activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, education, work, play, leisure and social participation, including:
Management of occupational therapy services, including the planning, organizing, staffing, coordinating, directing or controlling of individuals and organizations;
Occupational Therapy Services
Occupational therapy services are provided for the purpose of promoting health and wellness to those clients who have, or are at risk of developing, illness, injury, disease, disorder, impairment, disability, activity limitation or participation restriction and may include:
"Occupational therapy practice" includes specialized services provided by occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants who are certified or trained in areas of specialization that include, but are not limited to, hand therapy, neurodevelopmental treatment, sensory integration, pediatrics, geriatrics and neurorehabilitation, through programs approved by AOTA or other nationally recognized organizations.
Occupational therapy practice may occur in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to:
Tenn. Code Ann. § 63-13-103
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1150-02-.02