Occupational Therapy can be provided by a licensed and registered Occupational Therapy (OTR) or a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).
- An OTR can hold a bachelor's or master's degree of Science in Occupational Therapy.
- An OTR can also hold a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
- A COTA holds an associate degree of Science in Occupational Therapy and is licensed by the State of Texas. They practice under the supervision of an OTR
- An OTR and a COTA must pass an AOTA NBCOT Exam to be certified and then licensed through the State of Texas
Occupational Therapy helps individuals across the lifespan complete Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Occupational Therapy can help children recover from injury and regain skills or it can help children with disabilities. Occupational Therapy also plays an important role when working with adults after Stroke or any other injury to regain skills and regain their independence.
Occupational Therapy focuses on activities of daily living by improving cognitive skills and upper body function/mobility.
Occupational Therapy services typically include:
- an individualized evaluation, that will help establish goals,
- customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and
- a re-evaluation to ensure that treatment is effective.
If you suspect you or your child would benefit from therapy, please speak to your physician regarding your concerns.