Occupational therapy theories


The fundamental theories that underlie occupational therapy practice, occupation-based models, and frames of reference used in this context.’

Alternative labels

theoretical foundations of occupational therapy
occupational therapy principles
concepts of occupational therapy
doctrines of occupational therapy
principles of occupational therapy
paradigms of occupational therapy
occupational therapy concepts
fundamentals of occupational therapy
occupational therapy doctrines
theories of occupational therapy
occupational therapy paradigms

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Occupational therapy theories is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Occupational therapist: Occupational therapists assist individuals or groups who have occupational limitations due to diseases, physical disorders, and temporary or permanent mental disabilities, in regaining their ability to perform daily activities. They provide treatment and rehabilitation to enable them to actively participate in society, to live their lives according to their wishes and to perform those activities that are meaningful to them.

Optional knowledge

Occupational therapy theories is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Occupational therapy assistant: Occupational therapy assistants support occupational therapists by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. They work under the supervision of an occupational therapist.





  1. Occupational therapy theories – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022

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