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Occupational Therapy Assistants

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities.
    • Monitor patients' performance in therapy activities, providing encouragement.
    • Instruct, or assist in instructing, patients and families in home programs, basic living skills, or the care and use of adaptive equipment.
    • Maintain and promote a positive attitude toward clients and their treatment programs.
    • Observe and record patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior and maintain this information in client records.
    • Implement, or assist occupational therapists with implementing, treatment plans designed to help clients function independently.
    • Aid patients in dressing and grooming themselves.
    • Communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals involved with the care of a patient.
    • Evaluate the daily living skills or capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.
    • Attend continuing education classes.
    • Report to supervisors, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior.
    • Alter treatment programs to obtain better results if treatment is not having the intended effect.
    • 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.
    • Teach patients how to deal constructively with their emotions.
    • 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.
    • Assemble, clean, or maintain equipment or materials for patient use.
    • Attend care plan meetings to review patient progress and update care plans.
    • Order any needed educational or treatment supplies.
    • Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area.
    • Assist educational specialists or clinical psychologists in administering situational or diagnostic tests to measure client's abilities or progress.
    • Design, fabricate, or repair assistive devices or make adaptive changes to equipment or environments.

    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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

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

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • English Language

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

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 61020/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 29.34/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 3,680
    • Yearly Projected Openings 560

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    Personality

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

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    • Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy
    • Clay or modeling tools
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