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Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month With 10 Fun Facts

Apr 01st, 2024 | by Kathryn LeMonda, MS, OTR/L

Kathryn LeMonda, MS, OTR/L

April 01st, 2024

Happy Occupational Therapy (OT) Month!

In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, pediatric occupational therapist Kathryn LeMonda is sharing 10 fun facts about OT!

10 Fun Facts About Occupational Therapy

1. Occupational Therapists (OTs) Help Patients Participate in Everyday Occupations!

What’s an occupation? “Occupations” include all meaningful activities a person desires and needs to participate in for daily life. For children, this may include things like getting dressed, writing their names, or playing with friends.

2. Occupational Therapists Are Experts in Activity Analysis

We identify personal and environmental strengths and barriers to select the appropriate match of activity demands and skills to achieve optimal outcomes.

3. OTs Can Work in Various Settings

Work settings for OTs include schools, hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, and mental health facilities.

4. OTs Are Trained to Help in a Diverse Range of Situations

Occupational therapists are trained to work with a variety of diagnoses, including traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, stroke, cerebral palsy, burns, fractures, spinal cord injury, orthopedic impairments, sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, and more!

5. Occupational Therapy Was Founded in 1917

Occupational therapy was founded by three men and three women in 1917, three years before women were able to vote.

Find 10 fun facts about OT in honor of Occupational Therapy Month!

6. OTs First Began Helping Children in 1919

Occupational therapists first established a role in pediatrics in 1919 – and have been helping children for over 100 years!

7. OTs Can Specialize in Many Different Areas

Advanced training and specialty practice areas include sensory integration, feeding, eating and swallowing, assistive technology, hippotherapy, aquatic therapy, hand therapy, seating and mobility, low vision, and environmental modifications.

8. OTs Utilize a Holistic Approach to Treat the Whole Person

Occupational therapists treat the whole person, utilizing holistic approaches, scientific evidence, and current research to provide comprehensive treatment.

9. Occupational Therapists Love Their Jobs

US News and World Report listed occupational therapy as the #4 Best Healthcare Job in 2024. We agree!

10. OTs Get Paid to Play!

Pediatric occupational therapists get paid to play! We can’t go a day without three things: bubbles, silly socks and non-stop singing!


Did you know the motto of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is “Living Life To Its Fullest®”?! NAPA OTs strive to help all patients conquer goals and experience life without limitations.

Get More Insights Into Paediatric Occupational Therapy in the NAPA Blog:


About the Author

As a pediatric OT, Kathryn loves helping children learn and master something new. “It’s the most incredible joy!” Kathryn spends her free time with her favorite people and goes to yoga. Outdoor runs, puppies, iced coffee, and a good brunch make her smile!

About NAPA Center

At NAPA, we take an individualized approach to pediatric therapy because we understand that each child is unique and has very specific needs. For this reason, no two therapeutic programs are alike. If your child needs our services, we will work closely with you to select the best therapies for them, creating a customized program specific to your child’s needs and your family’s goals. Let your child’s journey begin today by contacting us to learn more.

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