What is Occupational Therapy: The KAWA Model

Augusta University is the International Headquarters for the KAWA MODEL

Occupational therapy is a dynamic health care profession that promotes engagement in meaningful daily and routine occupations, those activities that give meaning and purpose to our lives. Occupations commonly addressed through occupational therapy include self-care activities, work and school tasks, leisure, home maintenance and community activities. Occupational therapists work with clients and families to promote health, prevent illness or injuries, and restore function or develop adaptations.

Occupational Therapy goes beyond individual automny. Toward Collective-Oriented Interdependent Views of Human Occupation.  The Kawa Model

Occupational therapists work with individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing barriers to their participation in desired life activities. Through the use of rehabilitation/habilitation strategies, task or environmental modification, assistive technology, advocacy, and other strategies, occupational therapists assist the clients and families they work with in a wide variety of medical, educational and community settings.

Occupational therapists are employed in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, mental health facilities, school systems, home health agencies, private practice, industry and the community.

The field offers rapid advancement into supervisory and administrative positions for therapists with advanced experience and education. Growing opportunities exist in private practice, consultation, research and higher education.

U.S. News & World Report named occupational therapy #9 on its list of Best Healthcare Jobs 2015.