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 disabilities increase their independence.
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1. What is your one weakness, as an OTA?
I can talk too much and get sucked into talking to the patients for too long.
I have a tendency to be alittle shy but I come out of shell fairly quickly once I get on my feet and I know what im doing.
Wish I had the time to do more and sometimes its hard not to get emotionally involved.
My weakness is prob listening to the patients a bit to long but then I feel that its important that they can speak and trust you and feel comfortable in your company.
My weakness is prob listening to the patients longer than I should but I do feel that sometimes being I n hospital they need someone to talk to.
2. Have you worked with any patients before? If so, tell me about your best experiences with one.
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.
No i havent but very much enjoy meeting and helping people.
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.
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.
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.
3. What do you dislike about Occupational Therapy?
As i have not yet worked within OT i cannot say what i dislike.
All the paper work.
Nothing really. i am not really keen in psychiatric patients.
I have done my research into the job itself and can honestly say there is nothing that i would dislike about the job.
When patients are frustrated that they are not meeting their goals.
4. How do you like to be supervised by the OT?
I like to be given a task and allowed to complete it without being micromanaged.
I like the fact that if I am unsure of anything I have an OT there to assist. It helps further my knowledge and allows me to learn for future reference.
I learn best by doing. I want to learn from my OT supervisor in my areas of need as well as give feedback for the progress and need of the patients.
I like to be given freedom to work with my patients and create different interventions to help the patient improve as much as possible in rehab, but provide positive and negative feedback to help me improve and increase my skills.
As a team player and trust that I know what im doing.
5. Do you enjoy communicating with patients?
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.
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.
I love communicating with people getting to know the individual well so they can put there trust in to me im outgoing friendly and very easy to talk to.
Yes, this is a very important and crucial part of the job.
I love talking to people. I do believe communication is vital, especially for those in vulnerable situations. Creating an easy comfortable environment for the patient will aid there recovery and situation.
6. What motivates you as an OTA?
Seeing people progress into independent individuals.
Getting to help people and learn different techniques in order to treat and help patients.
Its the sense of pride being able to work in the health service and helping patients . The outcome of seeing a patient reaching there potential is very rewarding and this motivates me to see there achievements.
Seeing small changes within your clients.
To work with such a fantastic and supportive team. I feel I can ask anything and not feel silly.
7. Why do you want to be an OT Assistant?
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
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.
I am an occupational therapist, i will gain valuable experience, i like helping people to gain more independance.
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.
I love working with people and helping them gain back their own independence and confidence and i think this job would do this alot.
8. Did you pass the national certification exam?
No i do not.
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.
I did not pass the national certificatoin exam however i am eager to undergo more training and exams.
I have graduated in Psychology with honours.
I did pass the NBCOT exam.
9. Tell me about your education.
Btec in health and social care.
I left school without my grades but returned to education as a mature student to gain some grades.
I left school young without my grades but went back as a mature student to larn more and take my exams.
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.
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.
10. Do you have plans to be an OT in the future?
I plan to return to do my occupational therapy degree part time so I can continue as a occupational therapy assistant.
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.
Yes having completed a degree in occupational therapy I wish to gain practical experience as an OT assisstant prior to becoming an OT.
I see myself in ot in the future and hopefully will be learning new skills and trying to climb further up the laddder.
Yes, I think the role is very aspiring.
11. How should an OT and OTA function together? In your opinion.
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.
The ota taking the lead from the ot but discussing cases and beneficial implementations.
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.
Communication and team work. Listen to each others views and opinions.
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.
12. What do you like most about being an OTA?
Being able to work with and help different people in different situations. I think the job satisfaction will be brilliant and that it makes and incredible difference to patients that need it.
Helping people to regain their independence and their confidence.
I like the end result of the help I have assisted to give and enjoy learning about peoples lives thoughout.
The ability to be able to help people regain there confidence again and being able to come up with creative ways of making some tasks simple easy especially after an operation.
Working with the client group, being involved in activities and helping them with every day living skills.
13. Do you have any volunteer experience? How do you believe that helped you prepare for this career?
I worked for age uk and supported the men and women with practical activities. Family member who had stroke and dementia.
Yes I do in the hospital running an exercise program.
I volunteered for Oxfam while I worked with the forestry commission. I believe dealing with a variety of staff and customer service helped to develop my communication skills.
Yes, I volunteered in a pediatric facility in the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Departments. This helped prepare me for this career because it let me see what a typical day as an Occupational therapy assistant would be like and it let me see different creative ideas for treatment sessions. My volunteer experience also allowed me to see patients with all different disorders and learn more about their weaknesses.
14. Does any type of patient treatment make you uncomfortable?
I love treating all people. The only thing I can say that I was weary of was TBI. I had a Pt that had a TBI and was sexually impulsive. Something I wasn't use to, and needed to work through. But those experiences make a person and I gained more experience and know legends from that individual.
If it makes them uncomfortable I would have empathy with them.
I have felt uncomfortable seeing a patient being retrained however I understand that it was for the benefit of the patient and other patients in the ward.
No, I am comfortable with every aspect of treating patients.
15. When have you demonstrated a great deal of patience in the work place?
When patients have not wanted to participate in certain things I personally feel that I am quite good at reasoning with them and taking the time and having the patients to persuade them to continue with the program set out for them.
When the team is not cohesive.
Some service users take a while to decide to take the step that would make the difference. A person may stay with a violent partner for example.
I worked with a very nervous patient who I was trying to encourage into a wheelchair to take through to an activity in the kitchen. I sat with the patient for an hour trying to encouraging her and softly assisting her to stand when she felt able. The patient became exhausted and upset due to her surround environment so I reassured the patient and agreed we would try another day.
I demonstrated patience in my work place when I was working with a resident that was working on lower body dressing and she was having trouble getting her leg through the pants hole. I allowed her to take her time so that she could focus on the task and this allowed her to achieve her goal.
16. If you have a disagreement with the OT, what would you do?
I would look at the situation and resolve the disagreement straight away admitting if I was in the wrong and discussing the disagreement having a bad atmosphere does not make for a good working relationship between work collegues.
I would talk with the OT expressing my concern and see if we could work something out that would be best for the pt.
If it is safeguarding and clearly OT is wrong after taking it through take it to the next level. If difference of opinion people can disagree . However the OT will be senior and if no safety issues comply.
Try and talk through the problem.
I would speak to OT in a professional manner and explain my reason for disagreement.
17. How do you typically treat patients?
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.
With the utmost respect. I do not know how they personally feel so I do not pretend to. I make sure they are comfortable and well taken care of. If they show concerns or discomfort in the treatment I notify the OT as soon as they inform me of said problem.
With kindness & patience. Just how I would want to be treated.
With care, consideration, kindness and calmness.
With respect and compassion.
18. Do you enjoy learning? Tell me one subject you recently dived into where you learned a few new things.
Yes I love learning new things and am currently learning about how to grown my own allotment.
Yes, I love to continue to grow my education. Most recently I was working as an electrician so I learned quite a few new skills doing that the past few months.
Yes, I think learning is a crucial part of developing. I studied different units in psychology and I learned that every person is unique in the way they think and deal with different situations.
I am constantly learning new subjects.
I have just completed Self directed support which opened my eyes further within social care and in the midst of doing my hnc which has taught me that theres more help I can give than what I thought.
19. What kind of supervisor gets the best work out of you?
One who is enthusiastic as empathy and is keen to help guide and support whilst challenging me too.
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.
A supervisor that is direct in what he or she expects from me. One who will correct me or give advice if needed.
A calm, good communicator that is good at demonstrating and instructing and also, approachable should I feel uncomfortable or unsure of something I have been asked to do.
One that explains the role I am asked to carry out.
20. Do you have further career plans, past being an OTA?
Yes to become an occupational therapist and then senior occupational therapist in mental health.
After working in the field for a few years I plan to obtain my Masters in Occupational Therapy.
Yes, at some point in my life I would like to progress and become fully qualified, but I would like at least a few years experience and to gain a real feel for what the job entails before thinking about progression.
I would be more than happy to stay with this job.
I would like to become a fully qualified OT in the future.
21. What do you not like to do as an occupational therapist assistant?
Not collaborate with supervisor and other disciples, simply following.
Ot being able to help some one who needs I t.
Having enough time to seeing patients for longer, with the work loads getting bigger.
I like everything in my job.
Probably my worse thing is all the paper work.
22. How have you made your previous office better as an OTA?
I took initiative to ensure all the OT equipment was clean and sterilized for the week ahead (I worked weekends.) Leaving notes for the OTA working during the week of who I had seen that weekend & what responses/reactions I had gotten from them. This communication between the two of us ensured she started her week off on the right foot & that all the patients were getting their treatment.
I bring a calm, hard working attitude and try see things from ever persons perspective in every situation.
Can say at the moment as Ive never worked in an OT office.
I was involved in wardrounds which is where the MDT help implement positive ideas for the clients, this was through the use of activity planners for each individual client and furthermore involved in training relating to the client group such as autistic spectrum condition training and personality disorder training so that I can work within a structure which can help the client.
Well I have quite a vibrant personality and I feel my collegues can relate to me well. I think I make the office atmosphere quite fun! I feel I have been a reliable and hard working team player.
23. Would you say you are an organized, detail oriented person?
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.
Yes, with certain aspects of my life. With work and studying I like to know and plan in advance. I use to plan out the times I would spend studying for each asighnment at college and ask extra members of staff to work on specific days when I knew we would be busier than usual at work.
I would like to think I am an organised person. I try to put thing into an order, and make a schedule and try and stick to this where possible,
Yes. I try to record things accuratly and I write things in my diary and also in my phone.
Yes I would say that I generally like to be organised in what im doing and like to know that everything is in order.
24. Do you enjoy helping out the team and making the office more successful?
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.
Yes, I believe there is a responsibility to each team member to contribute and always improve what we can do for our patients.
Yes, I do. I am a hard worker and anything I can do to be more productive I will do.
Yes I totally believe in teamwork and I believe working together is the best way to get everything done and with success.
Absolutely, I believe in interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.
25. What type of patients would you be interested in specializing in?
Any really I do like a challenge I would love to work with people that need intense rehabilitation because nothing gives me greater pleasure and satisfaction to see someone achieve their goal and gain their independence again.
Stoke or dementia, older people.
I do enjoy working with spinal and brain and brain injury but also enjoy trauma.
I am trying to gain a broader knowledge of ot before I think about specialising.
Occupational therapy assistants need an associates 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.
Occupational therapy assistants and aides work primarily in occupational therapists offices, hospitals, and nursing care facilities.