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Occupational Therapy (OT) is a client-centered health care profession that helps people across the lifespan solve problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do the things that are most important to them.

Occupational Therapists focus on Activity of Daily Living (ADL) goals using therapeutic activity to address:

Self-Care: getting dressed, eating, moving around

Productivity: going to work/school, participating in the community

Leisure: sports, gardening, social activities

OTs are Regulated Health Professionals (RHP) who graduate from an accredited university program with a baccalaureate or master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. OTs are registered members of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario ( and adhere to the provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. Occupational Therapist Assistants (OTA) are non-registered healthcare support personnel who provide therapeutic intervention under the direction of an OT.

Across Niagara Health, OTs/OTAs work in a variety of inter professional settings with a focus on supporting all individuals with a safe discharge back into the community. OTs provide client centred assessment and treatment addressing a variety of: physical, cognitive, perceptual and mental health challenges. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the National and Provincial OT websites to learn more about our profession at and 

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