20 Occupational Therapy Quotes
Looking for an occupational therapy quote to share on social media, pin-up in your office, or just refresh your OT spirit?
These quotes are for you.
I believe quotes are vital to our profession. We currently have difficulty defining ourselves. We shrink from the bold statements about the core of our practice—that daily tasks are vital to healing.
This is where quotes come in. They give us the language to articulate what we intuit and build our practices on. You can bet that we are not the only ones to have found meaning in daily activities.
Enjoy! (And feel free to share the images.)
My Favorite OT Quotes
The Value of Daily Activities
From Laura Ingalls to Ana Tijoux (a French-Chilean hip-hop artist), assertions of the value of daily activities pop-up across literature and art.
Here's some of my favorites:
This next quote from Joan Didion might need some context. It comes from her memoir about the sudden death of her husband and concurrent illness of her daughter. It is the best articulation I could find of a sentiment that I have encountered from both clients and friends – that daily tasks can serve as anchors in times of grieving and loss.
Occupational Therapy Treatment
The Mary Reily quote is the most famous quote I could find from an occupational therapist. It is derived from the 1961 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture, titled "Occupational Therapy Can Be One of The Great Ideas of 20th Century Medicine." The title in itself is an inspiration.
The Art of Being an Occupational Therapist
I tend to overanalyze the exact language I use in difficult situations. Daily, I wish I had chosen my words differently. The Maya Angelou quote was introduced to me back in college and helps me focus on making people feel cared for. The Eleanor Brownn quotes reminds me to also take time to care for myself.
All three quotes emphasize the importance of breaking tasks down into small steps--and then taking things one step at a time.
Quotes from the Early Years of OT
These gems were found during my research for my post "10 Amazing Moments in the History of OT."