a form of therapy in which patients are encouraged to engage in vocational tasks or expressive activities, as art or dance, usually in a social setting.
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Origin of occupational therapy
First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for occupational therapy
med treatment of people with physical, emotional, or social problems, using purposeful activity to help them overcome or learn to deal with their problems
Derived Formsoccupational therapist, noun
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Medicine definitions for occupational therapy
The use of productive or creative activity in the treatment or rehabilitation of physically or emotionally disabled people.
Related formsoccupational therapist n.
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