A few facts:
- April is Occupational Therapy Month. It began in 1980, and is in April to correspond with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference & Expo.
- The National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy, now called the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), was founded in 1917. As a profession, OT is over 100 years old! Did you see the centennial float at last year’s Rose Parade?
- Occupational therapists draw from a wide array of disciplines in their practice–psychology, biology, art, music, and more! As such, the possibilities for practice are limitless!
- An occupation is an activity in which one regularly engages. While it can refer to a job or profession, it is not its sole definition. So to answer a common question, pediatric OTs do not help children find jobs.
- Occupational therapists work with individuals across the lifespan to help them engage in the daily activities that make life meaningful. For children, this includes learning and playing. OT should be FUN!