Physical Agents and Mechanical Modalities

It is the responsibility of each individual Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant to secure the necessary training and supervision, certification, and professional competency pertaining to the use of all selected Physical Agent Modalities, as well as choose such modalities that are within the scope of Occupational Therapy practice, in accordance with the following ARS 32-3401, Definitions, 

6. "Occupational therapy" means the use of therapeutic activities or modalities to promote engagement in activities with individuals who are limited by physical or cognitive injury or illness, psychosocial dysfunction, developmental or learning disabilities, sensory processing or modulation deficits or the aging process in order to achieve optimum functional performance, maximize independence, prevent disability and maintain health. Occupational therapy includes evaluation, treatment and consultation based on the client's temporal, spiritual and cultural values and needs.

8. "Occupational therapy services" includes the following:

(c) Enhancing functional achievement, prevocational skills and work capabilities through the use of therapeutic activities and modalities that are based on anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, growth and development, disabilities, technology and analysis of human behavioral and occupational performance.

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