We want to thank the special people who made occupational therapy possible including Eleanor Clark Slagle, George Barton, Dr. William Rush Dunton Jr., Phillippe Pinel, William Tuke, Susan Tracy, Adolf Meyer, Susan Johnson and Mary Riley. They believed that the use of activities to occupy the time of the patient had the potential to improve performance in occupations.
While occupational therapy originally began as a method to treat the mentally ill, OT transformed into a field that helps people live their lives to the fullest. Occupational therapy provides guidance in how to select and modify what people do, think and feel. We address problems such as confusion, despondence or difficulties with some aspects of performance in everyday activities. We enable clients to complete necessary tasks despite impairments by using activities that are best suited to allow clients to achieve success and increase their self confidence.
The occupational therapy field continues to grow at a rapid pace and is one of the fastest-growing health care fields in the country.
Our centennially vision includes, "We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society’s occupational needs.”