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Occupational Therapy Aides

Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Encourage patients and attend to their physical needs to facilitate the attainment of therapeutic goals.
    • Report to supervisors or therapists, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, attendance, and accomplishments.
    • Evaluate the living skills and capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.
    • Observe patients' attendance, progress, attitudes, and accomplishments and record and maintain information in client records.
    • Prepare and maintain work area, materials, and equipment and maintain inventory of treatment and educational supplies.
    • Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area.
    • Instruct patients and families in work, social, and living skills, the care and use of adaptive equipment, and other skills to facilitate home and work adjustment to disability.
    • Assist occupational therapists in planning, implementing, and administering therapy programs to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance, using selected activities and special equipment.
    • Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual and creative arts and games.
    • Manage intradepartmental infection control and equipment security.
    • Perform clerical, administrative, and secretarial duties, such as answering phones, restocking and ordering supplies, filling out paperwork, and scheduling appointments.
    • Supervise patients in choosing and completing work assignments or arts and crafts projects.
    • Adjust and repair assistive devices and make adaptive changes to other equipment and to environments.
    • Accompany patients on outings, providing transportation when necessary.
    • Assist educational specialists or clinical psychologists in administering situational or diagnostic tests to measure client's abilities or progress.

    Skills

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Social Perceptiveness

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

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

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

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • English Language

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

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 32830/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 15.79/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 190
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Integrity
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Leather accessories
    • Bead accessories
    • Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy
    • Awls
    • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Medical software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Accounting software

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