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Tennessee OT Scope of Practice
How is occupational therapy defined in Tennessee?
“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.
What is included in the practice of occupational therapy?
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:
Occupational Therapy Services
Management of occupational therapy services, including the planning, organizing, staffing, coordinating, directing or controlling of individuals and organizations.
Providing instruction in occupational therapy to students in an accredited occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant educational program by persons who are trained as occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants.
Administration, interpretation and application of research to 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 Settings
Occupational therapy practice may occur in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to:
What is specifically excluded from the practice?
Are there any special trainings or requirements?
Occupational therapy practice includes specialized services provided by occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants who are certified or trained in areas of specialization, which 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.
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Tenn. Code Ann. § 63-13-103
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1150-02-.01
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