Occupational Therapist Assistant

Occupational therapist assistants and aides work under the supervision of occupational therapists to provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. The ultimate goal is to improve clients' quality of life and ability to perform daily activities. For example, occupational therapist assistants help injured workers re-enter the labor force by teaching them how to compensate for lost motor skills or help individuals with learning disabil...


Source: bls.gov/oco/ocos166.htm
Last Updated: March 9, 2014, 3:21 am
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Career Field
Job Satisfaction
Interview Difficulty
Healthcare
Vacation
Hours per Week
Health
50%
Easy
Provided
One Week
40 Hrs/Wk
Education Requirements

Occupational therapy assistants need an associate’s degree from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program. They also must be licensed in most states. Occupational therapy aides typically have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Work Environment

Occupational therapy assistants and aides work primarily in occupational therapists’ offices, hospitals, and nursing care facilities.

Source: bls.gov/oco/ocos166.htm

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Occupational Therapist Assistant Reviews

Jul 5, 2014
Why did you choose this profession?
I chose OTA because I enjoy helping others and I helping them get back to a normal life after illness or injury.
What do you enjoy about being an Occupational Therapist Assistant?
I enjoy being able to be a part of helping others.
Jan 13, 2015
If you had to start over, what career would you choose instead of being an Occupational Therapist Assistant?
I decided later in life the path I wanted to take, because I had no idea where I fit. Being an OTA is the ONLY thing I have known I wanted to do, besides when I was 10 and wanted to be a fashion designer.
What special skills does it take to be an Occupational Therapist Assistant?
Some unique skills I have that compliment being an OTA are being able to bring the group back to attention without making it obvious.
What do you wish you knew starting out in your profession that you know now?
I wish that I knew exactly what an OTA is, because if I knew sooner, maybe I would have started my career sooner.
What do you enjoy about being an Occupational Therapist Assistant?
I enjoy the diversity in this career. There is really no area a COTA is not needed.
Feb 12, 2015
What are some of the benefits you are custom to as an Occupational Therapist Assistant?
The benefits of team working and being able to discuss cases and ask for advise when the need arises.
What do you enjoy about being an Occupational Therapist Assistant?
Working with people and seeing them overcome challenges to enable them to have more independent fulfilling lives.
Apr 7, 2015
What are some of your most memorable experiences as an Occupational Therapist Assistant?
The achievement that the patient makes - from being bedbound to walking with a frame. Seeing their faces on the achievements they have made.
What are some of the benefits you are custom to as an Occupational Therapist Assistant?
The benefits I am hoping to gain in this position is 1. Working alongside a dedicated multi-disciplinary team 2. The opportunity to become a qualified OT
What special skills does it take to be an Occupational Therapist Assistant?
Team player, compassionate, enjoy my job role, dedication, empathy towards those that need the help, pro-active.
What do you wish you knew starting out in your profession that you know now?
That anything is possible if you dedicate yourself to it.
Apr 19, 2015
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
The hours I currently work are Monday to Friday, however, I am happy to work as and when needed.
How often did you work in teams as an Occupational Therapist Assistant?
In my last role I was not part pf a team, although in previous roles I have been, working in retail I was always part of a team.
Occupational Therapist Assistant Interview Questions
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1. What do you dislike about Occupational Therapy?
Best Answer
As i have not yet worked within OT i cannot say what i dislike.
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All the paper work.
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Nothing really. i am not really keen in psychiatric patients.
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I have done my research into the job itself and can honestly say there is nothing that i would dislike about the job.
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When patients are frustrated that they are not meeting their goals.
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2. How do you like to be supervised by the OT?
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I like to be given a task and allowed to complete it without being micromanaged.
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3. Have you worked with any patients before? If so, tell me about your best experiences with one.
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Yes i did during my intership as an ot student in sweden. it was just a small thing. the best experience i ever had was the adjustment of a wheel chair abo an old lady. her face after taking her new wheelchair looked very happy and she was really gratefll.
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No i havent but very much enjoy meeting and helping people.
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yes I have worked as a support worker with elderly and more recently learning disability assisting them to carry out daily activities within there own homes. i also had work placements as a student physiotherapist. i really enjoyed working as a student physiotherapist i covered placements in burns and plastica as well as elderly rehab. i seen some cases that was very unusual and gained great experience from it.
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I have worked in the community as one to one for a family with two family members have disabilities. The best experience is when one of the family members gained enough confidence to deal with multi disciplinary team meetings.
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Whilst working as a counselor I worked with a client who had eating disorders. We worked well together not only on forming a safe healthy eating plan, keeping personal CBT journals but very much in the here and now, where we looked at past, present and future blind spots in connection with relapse.
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4. Why do you want to be an OT Assistant?
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I study ot and i wouid like to work in uk. so it wouid be interesting from me to start from a position like this just to have the change to learn more about the nhs system and your culture. i want to be competly prepared to become an ot and this position in a big chance for
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I have recently completed my degree in Occupational Therapy and due to the current climate, am having trouble finding a job. I feel that working as an OT assistant would benefit me in developing knowledge and skills within the work environment and I could also bring a high quality of service to this role, I am fully aware of the work of an OT assistant and would be able to carry out this job to a high standard.
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I have a genuine desire to help others and have seen the work of OT's during my time as a student nurse and community carer. I feel that they are an important role that enable patients' to carry out their daily living tasks with ease.
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I am an occupational therapist, i will gain valuable experience, i like helping people to gain more independance.
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I have good theriotical knowledge aswell as practical, i am able to relate to people easily and i am poliete and friendely, i really enjoyed the role previously and would be a great opportunity to do this line of work again.
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5. Did you pass the national certification exam?
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No i do not.
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I graduated as an occupational therapist in 2009. This training has equipt me with skills and knowlege well suited to work as an occupational therapy technician.
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I did not pass the national certificatoin exam however i am eager to undergo more training and exams.
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6. Tell me about your education.
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Btec in health and social care.
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I left school without my grades but returned to education as a mature student to gain some grades.
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I left school young without my grades but went back as a mature student to larn more and take my exams.
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I have an certified occupational therapy assistant Associate Degree with a current license in the state of New Mexico. I am currently working for the Roswell Independent School District as an associate. I work in an elementary school setting, with 11 children that very from 6 years to 10 years I work with girls and boys. I assist the teacher in implamenting lesson plan. I work with manuplatives to help the children understant and reinforce their academic skills such as; writing, recognition of alphabets,numbers, also to build muscels in their fingers and small muscels. I also transfer student to regular classes for inclution with peers.
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I have a BA in counselling studies and a foundation degree in british sign language, i have a levels in health and social care and psychology. much of which involved various presentations including effective communication and social class in schooling.
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7. How should an OT and OTA function together? In your opinion.
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As a tight fluid team with a joint goal which is to provide the best organised care one can. Good communication and listening with an open mind to ideas and strategies.Good organisation of assigned tasks and and a realistic outcome.
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The ota taking the lead from the ot but discussing cases and beneficial implementations.
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In my opinion I feel Ots and OTAs should be able to communicate effectivly between themselves and OTs should delegate work for Assistants to complete within their role.
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Communication and team work. Listen to each others views and opinions.
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They should work as a team. We are all in the same field and making people stronger is our number one goal. If we have any questions we should ask one another for advice.
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8. Do you have plans to be an OT in the future?
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I plan to return to do my occupational therapy degree part time so I can continue as a occupational therapy assistant.
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Yes, as I have a degree in OT I am keen on one day getting a job as an OT and I feel that working as an OT assistant would benefit my situation greatly.
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Yes having completed a degree in occupational therapy I wish to gain practical experience as an OT assisstant prior to becoming an OT.
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I see myself in ot in the future and hopefully will be learning new skills and trying to climb further up the laddder.
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Yes, I think the role is very aspiring.
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9. What do you like most about being an OTA?
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10. Do you have further career plans, past being an OTA?
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Yes to become an occupational therapist and then senior occupational therapist in mental health.
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After working in the field for a few years I plan to obtain my Masters in Occupational Therapy.
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11. What do you not like to do as an occupational therapist assistant?
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12. Do you enjoy learning? Tell me one subject you recently dived into where you learned a few new things.
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Yes I love learning new things and am currently learning about how to grown my own allotment.
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13. What motivates you as an OTA?
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Seeing people progress into independent individuals.
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14. What kind of supervisor gets the best work out of you?
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One who is enthusiastic as empathy and is keen to help guide and support whilst challenging me too.
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I believe that a manager has to be able to lead, be able to work with the people he supervises if need be, but also be able to command respect if nessecary.
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15. Do you enjoy helping out the team and making the office more successful?
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I enjoy working in a team, being a team player; feeling I am of use and that my ability as room to become evident to others.
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Yes, I believe there is a responsibility to each team member to contribute and always improve what we can do for our patients.
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Yes, I do. I am a hard worker and anything I can do to be more productive I will do.
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Yes I totally believe in teamwork and I believe working together is the best way to get everything done and with success.
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16. How do you typically treat patients?
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I am friendly and open with clear boundaries. I have a deep empathy and commitment to trying to help them best I can for their own personal needs. I also use humour in the right context and challenge when appropriate.
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17. Do you enjoy communicating with patients?
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Yes I enjoy speaking to clients and am an excellent listener. I am happy to communicate verbally or through the use of Art or creative materials.
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Yes, I feel that I am a good communicator and a very good listener, and able to read between the lines. Each of my previous jobs have required me to communicate well with people at all levels.
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18. Would you say you are an organized, detail oriented person?
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I would consider one of my real strengths to be my organisation skill. I am meticulous when it comes to assessing and note taking whether this be verbally or visually.
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19. How have you made your previous office better as an OTA?
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20. What is your one weakness, as an OTA?
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