The best way to explain occupational therapy is by going to the roots of the occupational therapy program here at the University of North Dakota. The following quotations come from students, faculty, and staff who have decided to dedicate their lives to promote healthful living and a higher quality of life for our clients through participation in their meaningful occupations.
What does occupational therapy mean to you?
"What I love to do is an expression of who I am; through OT, I help clients rediscover who they are and what they can do."—Deb Hanson
"Bottom line for me is that OT is about enabling participation in meaningful, valued everyday occupations."—Sonia Zimmerman
"I believe OT is about helping people continue doing what they are passionate about and what makes life enjoyable and meaningful for them. It's about making the world a better place, one life at a time." —Taylor Hardina
"Having the opportunity to help someone else find personal meaning and joy as they live their life to the fullest."—Lavonne Fox
"Occupational therapy is about facilitating the physical, cognitive and psychosocial health and wellness of individuals to enable them to engage in occupations [life tasks] that are meaningful to them. In short, occupational therapists ask "what do you want to be able to do in your life" and then work with clients and families to develop a plan to achieve the skills to live that life."—Anne Haskins
"Making sure that everyone is as fully engaged in life as possible."— Sarah Nielsen
"OT means helping someone achieve independence and happiness, when they never thought they would smile again."—Erica Myers
"Occupational Therapy works with people to develop the skills needed to live as independently as possible while participating in their desired daily occupations and activities."—Laura Tvrdik
"Occupational therapy is a dynamic and client-centered health profession that enables individuals, throughout the lifespan, the opportunity to continue or get back to engaging in any activities that are meaningful to them. I value the fact that occupational therapists are concerned with not only the clients they are treating, but also the families and support systems that surround these clients. There are countless opportunities within the profession of occupational therapy — you can work almost anywhere with almost anyone (i.e. in hospitals, in the community to promote health and wellness and prevent disease, within the school system, in a prison, etc.)!"—Sara Joersz
"OT means being able to get back to the activities you enjoy in life! OT means having the skills needed in order to live independently and successfully!"—Lauren Schneibel
"OT allows me the opportunity to bring the meaning of each individual client's life back to them."—Megan Meyer
For more information about occupational therapy and the program here at UND check out UND Occupational Therapy and the American Occupational Therapy Association. The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). All basic professional programs must comply with the Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, American Occupational Therapy Association, 1998. 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, Maryland 20824-1220. Phone (301) 652-2682. The UND Occupational Therapy Department and the UND Casper site were last awarded continuing accreditation during its on-site visit in 2012.