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.
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.
Occupational therapy assistants and aides work primarily in occupational therapists’ offices, hospitals, and nursing care facilities.
1. being able to assist and observe the OT and then putting what you have learned into practice and helping patients May 30th, 2012
2. Supporting people to achieve their goals, e.g. cooking a meal, to promote independence and self-confidence during intervention activties, seeing people achieve thier goals out of life. June 13th, 2012
3. Helping people gain autonomy and learning through the process. So a combination of using and utilizing my personal skills whilst enhancing and improving my scope of knowledge for helping. April 26th, 2014