Occupational therapy (OT) is a healthcare profession that focuses on helping individuals achieve and maintain independence in their daily lives. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who may be facing physical, cognitive, emotional, or developmental challenges that affect their ability to participate in meaningful activities or "occupations."

The primary goal of occupational therapy is to empower individuals to participate in meaningful activities independently. This can include self-care tasks, work-related activities, leisure pursuits, and community engagement.

Occupational therapy is applicable in various settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, community health organizations, and private practices. The goal is to enable individuals to lead fulfilling lives by maximizing their independence and participation in daily activities.