OT History Lesson: Why Did AOTA Sue NBCOT in 1998?

The following is the case between AOTA and NBCOT in 1998. It is a very interesting read as many are not aware of this case between the two major occupational therapy organizations in the US. The gist of it is that AOTA separated some of its responsibilities for what we know the NBCOT is responsible … Read more

History Lesson: How the Flexner Report Shaped Occupational Therapy Reimbursement in the United States

The Flexner Report had a large influence on the course of healthcare in the US despite being over 100 years old. In the early 1900s, education for physicians was less standardized. There were many for-profit schools with much lacking uniformity. Physicians in the 19th century attained their medical education in 3 possible systems: apprenticeship, proprietary schools … Read more

History of the Term ‘Occupation’ in Occupational Therapy

The profession of occupational therapy was influenced by the Moral Treatment movement in the second half of the 19th century and the Arts and Crafts Movement. Moral treatment was also called moral therapy in the domain of mental health and a form of psychotherapy, this was the belief that people should be treated with compassion, kindness, … Read more

Occupation vs Activity – Occupational Therapy Definitions Explained

“Words are time bound.” What are the definitions of occupation and activity? What about purposeful activity? What are the similarities and differences between them? Can these words be used interchangeably? Why should we even bother with understanding the history, definitions, purpose, and usage trends of each word? After reading this post, you will have a … Read more