April is Occupational Therapy Month

In celebration of Occupational Therapy Month during April, we're highlighting why the discipline is so important at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals.  

Occupational Therapy is the only profession that helps people across their entire lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities, also called occupations.

Occupations are daily activities that include: 

  • Self cares
  • Cooking
  • Playing
  • Driving
  • Parenting
  • Returning to work
  • Leisure activities

In 2017 the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. marked 100 years since the professional organization was founded.

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