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What is occupational therapy?

According to the Code of Professions, the mandate of occupational therapy is described as: 'Assessing a person's functional abilities, determining and implementing a treatment and intervention plan, developing, restoring or maintaining skills, compensating for disabilities, reducing situations of handicap, and adapting the environment to promote the optimal autonomy of the human being in interaction with their environment.

Therefore, the role of an occupational therapist in private practice is to make the evaluated person as functional and independent as possible regarding their occupational performance (personal care, productivity, and leisure), following 1) a work-related, road, or personal accident and/or 2) a personal or associated condition, by acting on the various dimensions of the person (physical, emotional, and cognitive) and elements of the environment (cultural, institutional, physical, and social), while using meaningful activity as the main modality.

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