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Children and Youth

The “occupation” of children is to thrive, and occupational therapy practitioners work with children and young adults, from infancy through college, and their families to facilitate participation and independence

Occupational therapists must have a master’s degree for entry-level practice, and occupational therapy assistants must have an associate’s degree. Both must pass an initial certification exam.

The Fact Sheets below provide information on occupational therapy’s role with a variety of conditions affecting children and families.

Occupational Therapy for All Children

Autism

School-Based Occupational Therapy

Early Intervention

Developmental Disabilities

Children's Mental Health