Occupational Therapy Assistants

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

7000+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.

Common job titles of Occupational Therapy Assistants include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 81.61% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 10.08% said they needed a Master's Degree.

Tasks

    Alter treatment programs to obtain better results if treatment is not having the intended effect.

    Instruct, or assist in instructing, patients and families in home programs, basic living skills, or the care and use of adaptive equipment.

    Evaluate the daily living skills or capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.

    Teach patients how to deal constructively with their emotions.

    Report to supervisors, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior.

    Communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals involved with the care of a patient.

    Observe and record patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior and maintain this information in client records.

    Maintain and promote a positive attitude toward clients and their treatment programs.

    Monitor patients' performance in therapy activities, providing encouragement.

    Implement, or assist occupational therapists with implementing, treatment plans designed to help clients function independently.

    Aid patients in dressing and grooming themselves.

    Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities.

    Assemble, clean, or maintain equipment or materials for patient use.

    Design, fabricate, or repair assistive devices or make adaptive changes to equipment or environments.

    Work under the direction of occupational therapists to plan, implement, or administer educational, vocational, or recreational programs that restore or enhance performance in individuals with functional impairments.

    Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual or creative arts or games.

    Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling appointments, collecting data, or documenting health insurance billings.

    Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area.

    Attend care plan meetings to review patient progress and update care plans.

    Assist educational specialists or clinical psychologists in administering situational or diagnostic tests to measure client's abilities or progress.

    Order any needed educational or treatment supplies.

    Attend continuing education classes.

Tools

Writing support software

Word prediction software

Wood chisels

Wood burners

Wire cutters

Wing dividers

Wheelchairs

All Tools

Walkers

Vises

Triangles

Treatment tables

Transfer belts

Trackpads

Therapeutic hot packs

Talking word processor software

Tablet computers

T squares

Surgical masks

Stretchers

Squares

Sphygmomanometers

Slip mixers

Slip joint pliers

Slings

Sliding boards

Sewing needles

Safety goggles

Safety gloves

Rotary punches

Rivet setters

Reflex hammers

Rawhide mallets

Rasps

Punching awls

Protective gowns

Precision knives

Power hand sanders

Photocopying equipment

Personal computers

Patient positioning devices

Page turners

Orthotic devices

Optical pointers

Notebook computers

Needlenose pliers

Multi-purpose saw sets

Mouthsticks

Mini screwdriver sets

Mini punch sets

Metalsmith molds

Metal shears

Mechanical stethoscopes

Macrame boards

Lower extremity braces

Light commercial washing machines

Leather scissors

Latch hooks

Laser facsimile machines

Lacing needles

Knitting needles

Joy sticks

Industrial clothes dryers

Hydrotherapy equipment

Hydraulic lifts

Heat guns

Headpointers

Hand drills

Hammers

Goniometers

Glue guns

Gait belts

Dynamometers

Desktop computers

Crutches

Crochet hooks

Continuous passive motion CPM equipment

Compressive garments

Compression devices

Communication boards

Commercial microwave ovens

Commercial cooking ovens

Cold packs

Ceramics kilns

Ceramic modeling tools

Canes

C clamps

Braille writers

Beading needles

Balance boards

Back braces

Automatic dishwashing systems

Augmentative communication systems

Arm braces

Alternative computer keyboards

Technologies

Facebook

Accounting software

Billing software

Bookkeeping software

BrainTrain Captain’s Log

BrainTrain IVA+Plus

BrainTrain SmartDriver

All Technologies

Client caseload management software

dBASE

Fifth Walk BillingTracker

FileMaker Pro

Financial record software

Graphics software

Laboratory information system LIS

Language arts educational software

Math educational software

Patient documentation software

Scheduling software

Screen reader software

SpectraSoft DocuPRO

Spreadsheet software

Text scanning software

TheraClin Systems iMAPR

Visual Health Information VHI PC-Kits

Voice recognition software

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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