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.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Time Management — Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
- 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.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Occupational Thearpy Assistants require an Associate’s degree. Some may require post-secondary certifications.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You like to develop patient therapy programs.
- You like to encourage patients during therapeutic activities.
- You like to monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?
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