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Occupational Therapy Assistants

Career Highlights

  • Work with work injured people.
  • Treatment that helps individuals achieve independence.

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Career Summary

Occupational Therapy AssistantOccupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational Therapy Assistants work under the direction 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.

Occupational Therapy Assistants work with anyone from major league pitchers to blind children. They help by setting up programs for patients and then working with them throughout each stage of the program.

They work specifically with people with disabilities (physical, mental & learning) to enable them to live as independently as possible.




An associate's degree or a certificate from an accredited community college or technical school is generally required to qualify for occupational therapist assistant

Career Skills

Works with people who:

  • Have been injured on the job.
  • Have limitations following a stroke or heart attack
  • Have arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
  • Birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities
  • Mental health or behavioral problems including
  • Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress
  • Problems with substance use or eating disorders
  • Burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations
  • Broken bones or other injuries from falls, sports injuries, or accidents
  • Vision or cognitive problems that threaten the ability to drive

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