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Top 30 Occupational Therapist Assistant Interview Questions

What motivates you as an OTA?
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Question 2 of 30
What is your one weakness, as an OTA?
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"I would say that one thing I could improve on would be my knowledge of more difficult medical terminology. I have enrolled myself in a medical terminology course that starts this summer."
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Question 3 of 30
Have you worked with stroke patients?
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" I have not had the opportunity to work with patients that have suffered a stroke. I have had the opportunity to work with patients that suffer epileptic seizures and through my studies, I have learned that the challenges are similar. I look forward to working with different types of patients and improving my therapy techniques."
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What do you dislike about Occupational Therapy?
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"Overall, the pro's always outweigh any con's in the in this career field. If I had to change one thing, I would wish for the billing process to be more streamlined for patients who are on financial assistance. It can take a long time for them to see a refund for their medical expenses."
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Question 5 of 30
Do you enjoy communicating with patients?
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Why do you want to be an OT Assistant?
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Do you encourage fidget tools as a part of sensory therapy?
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Question 8 of 30
Tell me about your education.
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Question 9 of 30
What do you like most about being an OTA?
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Question 10 of 30
How should an OT and OTA function together? In your opinion.
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Question 11 of 30
If you have a disagreement with the OT, what would you do?
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What type of patients would you be interested in specializing in?
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Have you worked with Autistic patients?
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Question 14 of 30
When can you start working?
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Question 15 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Question 16 of 30
What is your communication style?
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What type of supervision do you work best with?
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If you noticed a patient wasn't improving what would you do?
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Question 19 of 30
When have you demonstrated a great deal of patience in the work place?
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Question 20 of 30
Does any type of patient treatment make you uncomfortable?
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Question 21 of 30
Do you have any volunteer experience? How do you believe that helped you prepare for this career?
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Question 22 of 30
Do you have further career plans, past being an OTA?
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Question 23 of 30
What do you not like to do as an occupational therapist assistant?
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Question 24 of 30
How have you made your previous office better as an OTA?
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Question 25 of 30
Would you say you are an organized, detail oriented person?
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How do you typically treat patients?
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Question 27 of 30
Do you enjoy helping out the team and making the office more successful?
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Question 28 of 30
What therapeutic techniques are you familiar with and which have you used successfully?
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Have you assessed a child's handwriting?
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Question 1 of 30
What motivates you as an OTA?
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Seeing people progress into independent individuals.
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Getting to help people and learn different techniques in order to treat and help patients.
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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.
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Seeing small changes within your clients.
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To work with such a fantastic and supportive team. I feel I can ask anything and not feel silly.
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Every part of the ota role motivates me but generally being with the patient kowing that I could make a difference to there every day living.
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The patient motvate me as I know thAT I CAN HELP THEM LONG TERM
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I am motivated by my clients being able to do for themselves again and go home. I am motivated by their success.
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Learning and developing my skills will motivate me.
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What motivates me as an OTA is knowing that I make a difference in not only the patient's lives, but the people they love as well. It's so rewarding patient's improve from their initial session to discharge.
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My passion of helping other.
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To see someone I've been working with for long time get better.
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That the role can be challenge. Of course no bodies recovery is going to to be the same, so being able to design a plan and see that person achieve the goals to getting back to a normal life is great motivation. Whether its just help that person to supported in hospital and when they are discharge.
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Seeing patients empowered and living independently as a result of my input.
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Seeing positive and successful results.
Question 2 of 30
What is your one weakness, as an OTA?
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I can talk too much and get sucked into talking to the patients for too long.
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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.
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Wish I had the time to do more and sometimes its hard not to get emotionally involved.
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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.
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My weakness is prob listening to the patients longer than I should but I do feel that sometimes being I and hospital they need someone to talk to.
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I have had trouble in the past with time management but have since began wearing a watch with a timer and stopwatch which has solved that weakness.
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If I was an OTA, I would say one of my weaknesses may be keeping things tidy after use.
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My weakness would be with organization. I like to make sure I know where I can get to things and sometimes that takes up too much time.
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Spending time with patients.
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Maths- I do hold a qualification but am doing a course to improve my skills.
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I sometimes take on more work than required.
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My one weakness as an OTA would be doubting myself with some treatments ideas I come up with and not using them. Then figuring out later that was a great idea and I should believe in myself.
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I do not like to be defeated and will keep trying.
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Always wishing I could do more for patients, especially conditions that can only be managed and let this increase my stress from time to time. Coping methods can include focussed breathing and training, spending time with friends/family and reassuring myself.
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I could be more assertive.
Question 3 of 30
Have you worked with stroke patients?
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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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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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No I havent but very much enjoy meeting and helping people.
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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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My observation hours made me feel so appreciated. I thoroughly enjoyed helping people reach new goals.
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Yes, I have worked on the morfa ward for 3 years now.
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Yes, working within the community stroke team at The Royal London Hospital it allowed me to work with patients hands on independently. My best experience working with a patient would be, starting of with a patient who required three sessions a day to complete his wash and dress, lunch and tea prep. The patient was unable to mobilize independently and required close supervision of 1 as well as a quad-stick, having worked with that patient for months and seeing his progression was so rewarding. By the time the patient was discharged from our team he was washing and dressing, preparing meals, walking to local shops and getting on the bus independently.
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I have worked very closely with young members who have a range of learning disabilities & medical conditions. One of my best experiences was with a new member who had non-verbal autism and was prone to intense meltdowns if things didnt go according to his picture timetable. He was also very timid however spending two consecutive days with him, I was fortunate enough to gain his trust and he would always want to play with me.
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.I work with special needs children.
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Re enabling a service user who had a hip operation and going from a daily struggle to gaining full independence.
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I completed an eight week fieldwork in a pediatrics school setting and worked with a child that had Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. He had a hard time following directions and completing activities within the OT room. He was paired with another student that seemed to motivate him. I worked with him on handwriting using the Handwriting Without Tears Program. He followed my directions well because I motivated him to work by having him color a sheet for each assignment he completed. Once the whole sheet was colored he got to receive a prize (e. G. Toy car).
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I have work in a work experience sense of working with patients. I have seen patients after an operation and seen them regain excellent independent activities of daily living and its brought such joy to be able to do these task safely.
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A lady that had bi poler. She was not engaging with services offered. I was patient but firm and sympathetic to her circumstances. I pointed out recovery would be quicker if she hust gave things a go. She has now accepted a care package, befrienders and is going out in the community independently.
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Yes. worked with a stoke victim helping her with paractical day to day tasks and walking and balance problems.
Question 4 of 30
What do you dislike about Occupational Therapy?
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Nothing really. I am not really keen in psychiatric patients.
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As I have not yet worked within OT I cannot say what I dislike.
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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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The challenge of helping people regain their independence.
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Patients who do not want to engage in the therapy.
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There is nothing that I disklike about occupational therapy.
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Having to tell a patient their insurance cut them due to lack of progress.
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Dealing with awkward patients.
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One thing I dislike about occupational therapy is that it's so hard to pinpoint exactly what I wanted to go into because there is such a wide variety of settings.
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Seeing some off your patient becoming unwell.
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There is nothing I dislike about the jobs. Yes you are going to have bad days but of course you have that 5 minute breather, let it go and and begin again.
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Nothing.... I enjoy every aspect.
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There is not one thing I dislike about OT. I love it. I dislike it doesn't get the respect it should.
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What motivates me is that I know that I can help some of my patients overcome obstacles and learn new ways in doing everyday activities.
Question 5 of 30
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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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.
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Yes, this is a very important and crucial part of the job.
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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.
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I enjoy communicating with people, I find I can resolve some heated situations and I like finding out about people.
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I find that talking to patients is one of the highlights of my job, I enjoy finding out what they enjoy doing, past experiences and how I can help them.
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Yes, I love to get to know my patients, it gives me insight to how they feel and I feel I will be able to understand their needs and help them more.
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I absoulty love communicating with patients.
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I love communicating with the patients and making a difference to there lives.
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I do enjoy communicating with patients; each patient has a story, a need to tell someone how they feel inside and out and to share their goals to get stronger, they need to convey and as a COTA I want my patients to tell me about all those things.
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Yes, I enjoy interacting with patients and would sit and talk with no problems.
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Not only do I enjoy communicating with patients, but I think that is essential in getting the patients the best possible care to make them as independent as possible.
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I love it. You learn so much more speaking to patients. For example what support they have at home, if they are in pain, if they are unhappy with anything. You get to understand what the best treatment is for them and of course it allows them to have there input on the recovery process swell.
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I do, communication is paramount in my job. I learn a lot from communicating.
Question 6 of 30
Why do you want to be an OT Assistant?
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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 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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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 love working with people and helping them gain back their own independence and confidence and I think this job would do this alot.
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I would like to give something back to the community and help assist clients day to day hurdles therefore enhancing their life.
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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 enjoy working with people, where I can use imaginative activities to help a person reconnect with aspects of there life they feel have gone or they have lost touch with. Helping them to gain confidence and a positive self esteem.
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I want to help people live as independently as they can regardless of their restrictions.
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I would like to benefit patients lives, providing support and understanding.
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I have a passion for helping people, am fascinated with how the body works and when there is an injury, how to help it perform better.
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I love working in health care, every day can offer different experiences and I feel it offers the best of all Therapy worlds mixing a bit of Physical rehab with Quality of life aspects of Recreational therapy.
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I enjoy working with people and helping people so helping a person lead a independanly life is the best way.
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I would like the procedure or duties explained to me, then if I am confident and able I would like the OT to step back and observe me, correcting anything they see fit to.
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Working as a rehabilition support worker allows me to work along side occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists, Having learnt the different roles of each therapist it allowed me to decide which path I would like to progress in. I chose Occupational therapy as it is designed to promote patients Independence and support them back to their daily lifestyles, this to me is very rewarding and a pleasure to do.
Question 7 of 30
Do you encourage fidget tools as a part of sensory therapy?
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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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I have graduated in Psychology with honours.
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I did pass the NBCOT exam.
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No, however I am very keen to progress and I am excited about this oppertunity.
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No but this might be something that I might think of in the future.
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Yes I passed the NBCOT the first time I took it.
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I haven't had to take one.
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I have it scheduled for next month.
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I studied using the COTA test books and flash cards. I had friends quiz me on the flash cards and test questions.
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No I have a degree and have worked on rehabilitation.
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Yes and I am undertaking an PDA in OT support worker.
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I have yet to take the exam. Still trying to get into the program.
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I dont believe I have taken one.
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I hold a Bsc Honors degree in occupational ethrapy.
Question 8 of 30
Tell me about your education.
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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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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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Btec in health and social care.
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Went to university gained a degree.
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Ba in Fine Art several creative courses two counselling courses art therapy course NLP training.
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I graduated from okanagan college with my therapy assistant diploma. This was a 2 year diploma program with a designation in Recreational. Occupational, and Physical therapy.
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Currently doing my hnc in social care.
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GCSE level and an qualifacation in IT
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I am a psychology graduate having done this at Aston University. I have always maintained a strong academia as I believe in you only get out what you have put in therefore working hard always wins. Having only a Bsc so far, I am hoping to study further in the coming year whether it is a masters or a pg dip.
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High school 3 o levels and some college.
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I passed the usual education levels but have also gone on to complete my nvq and other therapy courses.
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I have the qualification that many people have also I ahve done lots of relevant courses with rehab.
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I attended Stark State College and entered their OTA program. I did my clinical II rotation in an acute care setting and a SNF. I graded Spring of 2014 at the top of my class. I was approached and accepted a tutoring position in the science learning center while I completed my pre-req's. I am also a memeber of Phi Theta Kappa Epsilon.
Question 9 of 30
What do you like most about being an OTA?
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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.
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Helping people to regain their independence and their confidence.
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I like the end result of the help I have assisted to give and enjoy learning about peoples lives thoughout.
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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.
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Working with the client group, being involved in activities and helping them with every day living skills.
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Being with people and being able to improve their life. It gives me a warm feeling when I have helped someone. The job is challenging and I like to stretch myself.
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Meeting people with different needs and helping them as best I can. seeing people having better quality of life.
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The things I like about being an ota assistant is that I can interact with the patient to inprove and restore there confidence to be able to either overcome difficult challenges that may occour.
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Working with the patients and my colleagues and the cvhallenges that it brings.
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I like helping others and being creative while teaching compensatory techniques and treatment sessions keeping my clients engaged and working towards their safe Independence to return to their homes and the things they like to do.
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I'm not yet an OTA, But again I feel it would be providing therapeutic sessions for people who need it. Being able to be creative and supportive for people in need.
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Helping people and learning/figuring out the many different ways to complete one task that will never be the same for the next person.
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Learning somethng new everyday meeting new faces.
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I love how challenging and creative this job is-every day is different.
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Seeing the difference I've made to somebodies life.
Question 10 of 30
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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The OT and OTA must have agood undertsaning of eachothers job roles and responsibilities to ensure they know what is expected of one another. The OTA should ask for clear clarification of any delegated tasks. There should be regular contact between the OT and OTA and any concerns from either party should be raised as soon as possible.
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Working as a team and very good communication is needed.
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Its should be a relationship with open communication with both parties open to discuss any questions or concerns. I believe a OT should feel comfortable leaving the OTA with their own patients after the probationary period and have confidence in their skills as an OTA.
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The OTA should be eager to learn and listen to the OT. A strong profestional relationship with excellent communication skills is a must to ensure the paitentis treated the way they need. All in the all the OT is in charge.
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In my opinion, their coordination should flow like water. The OTA should assist the OT with patients and let them know of any new information they may have gained. As both are working closely with patients.
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To plan treatment programmes that are effective for the individual and be able to work together to help the individual achieve their full potential.
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I believe they should function in a professional manner. Being close between an OT and OTA is great to talk about how the patient is doing.
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They should work in sync to help the workload under the guidance and support of an OT. This also enable early discharge of patients.
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It should be a collaboration, team work is vital in any job and within OT I feel it is more vital as this how positive outcomes can be achieved within the client base.
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There should be good communication and to attend assesments together so you have a feel for what is expected of you if you are asked to support the patient. Regular supervision and to report on patients progress.
Question 11 of 30
If you have a disagreement with the OT, what would you do?
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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.
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I would talk with the OT expressing my concern and see if we could work something out that would be best for the pt.
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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.
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Try and talk through the problem.
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I would speak to OT in a professional manner and explain my reason for disagreement.
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I would talk through my disagreement and try to see it from their point of view and explain my point of view. I would put myself in their shoes and appreciate that they have the experience and relevant qualifications.
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I would try to work out our disagreement and look at the situation from her perspective and then I would tell the OT my opinions and see if we can find a way to meet in the middle.
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Discuss situation with other to try and resolve the problem.
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Seek clarification in supervision.
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Firstly speak to my ot about the problem then if things are not addressed properly approach a senior.
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Deal with it in a amicable manner.
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Talk about it and work it out.
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I would talk to the OT and try to either compromise or see why we are disagreeing. Everyone has opinions on the way things are done and I try to see what the best thing for my patient is, I am advocating what I think is best for them.
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I would discuss with with my OT
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I would take a professional approach and discuss the matter further and give my reasons for the disagreement and see if there were ways of making a compromise.
Question 12 of 30
What type of patients would you be interested in specializing in?
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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.
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Stoke or dementia, older people.
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I do enjoy working with spinal and brain and brain injury but also enjoy trauma.
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I am trying to gain a broader knowledge of ot before I think about specialising.
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Any patient I could help make a difference in there life.
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I find the whole psychology of people very interesting and would love to progress in that.
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I love working with children. My heart is so open to all types of patients. Old or young.
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I would like to work with patients who suffered from stroke.
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I would like to stay in my field of experience with children and adults with Autism.
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Tricky one. I think I would like to get the experience with all troupes if patents first and then decide.
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All as I have experience with most illnesses and disabilities.
Question 13 of 30
Have you worked with Autistic patients?
Question 14 of 30
When can you start working?
Question 15 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
Question 16 of 30
What is your communication style?
Question 17 of 30
What type of supervision do you work best with?
Question 18 of 30
If you noticed a patient wasn't improving what would you do?
Question 19 of 30
When have you demonstrated a great deal of patience in the work place?
User-Submitted Answers
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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.
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When the team is not cohesive.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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When a patients mood is low and declines to participate in any activities.
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With in all my previous work as my attendance and and devotion shows.
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When someone didn't want to reach there goal and you have to tell them they will make it though and push them.
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During my time in geriatrics my director repeatedly gave me patients who were "difficult" or who had dementia because I could show patience in getting that patient to work toward their goals.
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I was shadowing an occupational therapist when I was working with patients who suffered from brain injury. I was only able to observe small changes with regards to patient's rehabilitation, but we continued with the routinely recommended interventions.
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Whilst doing a self care assessment.
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On a daily basis working with students with Autism, they can sometimes take time to process an instruction/request and this is when I give them as much time as they need and this may be on numerous occasion throughout the day.
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I always put my clients in the centre, I listen to their views, opinions and wishes.
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Working with alziemer and dementia patients.
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Working with children and older adults who have behavior issues. There are different ways to redirect the patient, just depending on their need. sOMETIMES IT'S BEST TO LEAVE THE SITUATION AND COME BACK WHEN thing have deesculated.
Question 20 of 30
Does any type of patient treatment make you uncomfortable?
User-Submitted Answers
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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.
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If it makes them uncomfortable I would have empathy with them.
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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.
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No, I am comfortable with every aspect of treating patients.
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Seeing a patient in distress.
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No none at all I have had experience in all different sectors and belive that if you serve will you gain respect and trust in individuals.
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There have been times where I have been asked to perform treatments that I was not familiar with which made me uncomfortable. I was able to work through it by getting proper education and guidance to complete the treatment.
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I have not come across any type of treatment options that made me feel uncomfortable. All the interventions were carefully selected according to patients needs and capacity.
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No, I am open to all clients. I would ensure that I am familiar with the client before my first meeting sot hat I am aware of their needs or condition.
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When a older male adult is making inappropriate sexual remarks .
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When a older male adult is making inappropriate sexual remarks .
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No. I understand I will have to deal with different types of patients and culture and I am comfortable with it.
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Asking patients to do things that I know they are NOT able to achieve in one go. Patients need goal to achieve things sometimes in small bite size pieces.
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Yes, working with children whom have been abused would make me uncomfortable, as I will become to emotional.
Question 21 of 30
Do you have any volunteer experience? How do you believe that helped you prepare for this career?
User-Submitted Answers
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I worked for age uk and supported the men and women with practical activities. Family member who had stroke and dementia.
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Yes I do in the hospital running an exercise program.
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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.
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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.
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Day to day living experience.
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Made me see others in a different way.
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I have no volunteer experience but plenty of care experience and belive it's all relevant in the ot sector as alot of the position is caring.
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I do I think I have gained lots of experience though my placements expecally ccac.
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Yes, I think it really solidified my decision in perusing this career.
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I have had no recent volunteering experience.
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I have volunteered in the church nursery and food bank. Working with children always gives me ideas and keeps my mind creative. helping others in the community when they have helped me as a single parent, gives me a sense of accomplishment.
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I have volunteered in the church nursery and food bank. Working with children always gives me ideas and keeps my mind creative. helping others in the community when they have helped me as a single parent, gives me a sense of accomplishment.
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From my work we sponsor local charity so I have spend some afternoon at the over 60 plus charity. Helping with serving lunch, playing bingo, snakes and ladders.
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I currently work as a therapy co ordinator and work closely with the OT in a mental health setting.
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I currently work for hospice supporting patients at home and on wards.
Question 22 of 30
Do you have further career plans, past being an OTA?
User-Submitted Answers
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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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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.
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I would be more than happy to stay with this job.
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I would like to become a fully qualified OT in the future.
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My aim is to become a fully fledged OT and work within mental health, learning disiaiblites or possibly cancer care.
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Only that I want to be the best at my job and I am sure I will want to progress from there.
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Not at the moment but this might be an option in the future.
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Not at the moment but its something that I might think about later on.
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I would like to learn the management side of the rehab department.
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At the minute I am focusing on becoming an OTA however, with experience, I would like to develop that further.
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Currently I am looking to grow my knowledge base acquired from school.
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Not at this time I enjoy my career.
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I could consider becoming a Psychologist assistant.
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I would also enjoy working as an PTA
Question 23 of 30
What do you not like to do as an occupational therapist assistant?
User-Submitted Answers
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Not collaborate with supervisor and other disciples, simply following.
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Ot being able to help some one who needs I t.
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Having enough time to seeing patients for longer, with the work loads getting bigger.
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I like everything in my job.
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Probably my worse thing is all the paper work.
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There isnt anything apart from the paper work.
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I don't like it when my clients do not progress. I don't like it when I have to tell them they are being discharged or cut by insurance due to lack of progress.
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I can't really say there's anything I wouldn't like to do, as not been in a role as such. However maybe extensive paperwork that may take time away from focusing directly on the patients needs.
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I can't think of anything at this moment. There is still a lot I am learning.
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I don't think there has been something I didn't like about being an OTA . Is a challenging job, however it can also be rewarding. Well maybe all the paper work.
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I might not like to see wands and injuries.
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Cannot think of one particular thing probably not having confidence in myself although I am quite good at learning.
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I am quite flexible and like to do a variety of tasks. I have looked at what the job entails and can't see anything I would not mind doing.
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Seeing when a patient is discharged or passes.
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I have not found anything that I have not enjoyed as an to assistant. I find some things more challenging but I enjoy stretching and developing myself.
Question 24 of 30
How have you made your previous office better as an OTA?
User-Submitted Answers
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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.
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I bring a calm, hard working attitude and try see things from ever persons perspective in every situation.
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Can say at the moment as Ive never worked in an OT office.
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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.
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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.
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Well I like to think that im outgoing and friendly and that im aprasochable.
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By being approachable friendly and happy.
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I have shared some creative treatments with other staff members. I am a positive person with a positive outlook and attitude which has been contagious.
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I am not yet an OTA, but imagine I would by again working well as part of a team.
10.
I get along with all my co workers and feel like I am a good team player.
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This is my first attempt at gaining a position.
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I have a calming influence on the team . I listen to their concerns.It has made the team get on better.
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Yes, I believe I have worked well with my team and have been approachable to all my colleagues. I have made myself known as a hard worker and the consultant has sought me out on the ward to work with a particular patient.
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Organisation and routine.
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I have always been willing to take on any extra work or training which I think has helped business progress and also within the care sector to gain full knowledge of the patients requirements.
Question 25 of 30
Would you say you are an organized, detail oriented person?
User-Submitted Answers
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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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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.
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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,
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Yes. I try to record things accuratly and I write things in my diary and also in my phone.
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Yes I would say that I generally like to be organised in what im doing and like to know that everything is in order.
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I would say that I am organised in my work and if I wasnt I would hope that someine would help me if not.
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I try to be organized and detail oriented and am successful at it most of the time but I do fall short from time to time.
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I am very organised and punctuational, I take time to ensure everything is correct in my work.
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I would agree with that statement. I think that in order to be a successful therapist, one must be organized and pay attention to the little things.
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Id like to think so but may find it easy at times to.
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Yes I like to think I am . I like to plan out my day and try to stick to my schedule.
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Yes I like to think I'm an organized person . I typically plan out my day and try to stick to it.
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I am, I like things to be organized for not only myself but for my supervising OT to make the workplace more efficient and fun.
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I do like to be organized I like a plan and like to follow it.
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I like being organised knowing that I have left the tasks ready for the next day and so that I am on time to outreach . I am able to go to someone's home and pick up concerns and be able to detail the observations for reports.
Question 26 of 30
How do you typically treat patients?
User-Submitted Answers
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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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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.
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With kindness & patience. Just how I would want to be treated.
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With care, consideration, kindness and calmness.
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With respect and compassion.
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I would start off with looking at a patients medical history, then go and complete an initial assessment and they from there I could see what I could do with this information and how I could get this patient back to independent living with the guidance of an qualified OT.
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How I would like to be treated. With dignity, respect, promote independence, encouragment, understanding and patience but also being realistic.
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With care, consideration and cofidentiality.
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I treat every patient with dignity and have empathy as there lives my have drastically changed due to circumstances.
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With respect how I would like my family to be treated eith dignity and empathy.
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I treat each patient with respect and dignity, exactly like I want and would treat my own family member.
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With respect and dignity, always remaining in a professional manner, but treat them as a person.
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I typically use therapeutic use of self, meaning I gauge each patient and apply the necessary tools to improve the patient's daily life.
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With kindness, respect, dignity and empathy.
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I like to treat my patients with dignity and respect.
Question 27 of 30
Do you enjoy helping out the team and making the office more successful?
User-Submitted Answers
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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.
2.
Yes, I believe there is a responsibility to each team member to contribute and always improve what we can do for our patients.
3.
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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Absolutely, I believe in interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.
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I enjoy working as a team. I feel that working as a team is the best way to be successful. Working as a team means we always have someone to learn from.
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Of course! Team work is a great part of the job & seeing something succeed is always rewarding.
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Yes, being a team member is something I cover in many aspects of my life. I have always worked as part of a team in current employment, when I play and coach netball. I do believe as part of a team you succeed and fail together and that your work and attitude should always strive to be successful.
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Definitely, I think team work is essential without helping each other out how can you be successful and help promote positive changes within your clients.
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Yes, I love being a team player. I feel I make a difference. I try to be supportive with my collegues by listening and being flexible and also offering my opinion. I try to be helpful.
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I am always happy to help out my team and making it more successful.
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Yes I love helping the team out and making the office successful.
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Most definitely. A successful office requires teamwork and acceptance of their peers.
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I love to be part of a team and feel if you work as a team morale is a lot better in the work place.
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Yes I do because it's important to have a good relationship with your co-workers-it improves morale and the output.
Question 28 of 30
What therapeutic techniques are you familiar with and which have you used successfully?
User-Submitted Answers
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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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A supervisor that is direct in what he or she expects from me. One who will correct me or give advice if needed.
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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.
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One that explains the role I am asked to carry out.
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A supportive and easy to communicate with and doesnt mind that I ask questions when unsure about something.
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I think someone who listens and is willing to help you implement ideas that you have and helps you expand on these ideas.
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One that is down to earth and is approachable, not intimidating and who is friendly and supportive.
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A fair one that loves their job and only asks you to do the best you can.
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One that is positive and encouraging at all times.
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One that supports you encourages you and that is easy to talk to if there is a problem.
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A supervisor that gets the best work from me is one who is structured, organized, and open-minded to ideas.
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A supervisor who is supportive and listens to my needs, but one that also is happy to correct me if they need to.
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One who gives me feedback, is there for any questions I might have and one who cares about their job and patients.
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Someone who is direct and tells exactly what he or she expects out of me.
Question 29 of 30
Have you assessed a child's handwriting?
User-Submitted Answers
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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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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.
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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.
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I am constantly learning new subjects.
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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.
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I love learning new skills. I have recently been looking into genealogy and finding out about my family past, very addictive.
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I recently completed my level two in british sign language, for me that was an intense learning experience as while I continuously sign at work the amount of preparation for exams and the learning the structure etc.
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Yes I am learning all the time about various things.
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I enjoy learning anything new, I have recently did a course on rehab which I really enjoyed.
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I do enjoy learning and the subject I like or enjoy the most is rehab.
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I love to learn. I do a lot of research on my own time. Recently I attended a CEU class over the shoulder, I learned several new exercises to use for frozen shoulder and decreased ROM.
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I love learning and a few years ago I completed a tell where I went on to teaching English as a foreign language.
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I have learned a lot about computer networking these past few months-how to program a code to light up a LED on a switchboard.
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I've recently joined a new office and am learning a lot of new things to helpmeet in my job.
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I love new learning specially when it helps me grow professionally.
Question 30 of 30
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About Occupational Therapist Assistant

November 6th, 2017

As an Occupational Therapist Assistant, you help patients become more independent by helping them improve, develop and recover the skills they need for daily living and working. Occupational Therapist Assistants are employed by hospitals, nursing homes, home healthcare services and private clinics. You will work under the direct supervision and direction of a qualified Occupational Therapist. On the job, you teach patients therapeutic exercises and how to use specially designed equipment that will help them relearn the skills they've lost which will help them become stronger. You may also set up therapy equipment, monitor therapeutic sessions, and record patients' progress. They report all their observations to the Occupational Therapist who is overseeing the patient's treatment.
An associate's degree from an accredited program is the minimum qualification required to work as an occupational therapist assistant. Licensing or certification is required to practice in almost all states. Compassion, physical strength, flexibility, an eye for details and excellent interpersonal skills are essential attributes for anyone wishing to pursue a career as an occupational therapist assistant.
Be prepared to answer tough questions that aim to gauge whether you have what it takes to work as an Occupational Therapist Assistant. The interviewer may give you instructions that an occupational therapist would, to assess how well you follow and execute instructions. The interviewer may also ask you all types of questions related to techniques used in occupational therapy, ask about your short and long-term career goals as well as behavioral questions.




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