Occupational therapy deals with patients of all walks of life who face challenges of all sorts. There’s no condition, diagnosis, or therapeutic situation that occupational therapy doesn’t deal with. Treatment is most often implemented by occupational therapy assistants. If you’re thinking about a life in health care, consider becoming one of these amazing healthcare providers. OTAs teach patients surmount challenges, become independent, and engage with the world on a daily basis.
Occupational therapy is a career devoted to helping patients perform life tasks many of us do day in, day out without a second thought around the home and in the world.
These patients may or may not have disabilities. What unifies them is the fact that performing normal tasks can have therapeutic value. Occupational therapy can work with any diagnosis. What matters most is that it helps patients either gain or regain essential daily skills.
Occupational therapists (OTs) will examine patients, develop a plan of treatment, and monitor progress. Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) are the ones who work with the patients to carry that treatment out.
OTAs work with patients on a daily basis, helping them either develop or recover skills to be independent in life.
OTAs can work in a variety of settings, including but not limited to:
Being an OTA means that you get to work directly with patients. You’ll see them learn, progress, and gain or regain skills. OTAs remove barriers, open doors, and allow patients to become independent. Joyce is committed to fostering careers of caring and service. While this is the goal of all healthcare professions, OTAs provide it to their patients in an immediate and meaningful way because they make daily life happen.
Occupational therapy is a growing field. If you’ve ever considered a career in healthcare, check out our e-book on seven facts about our OTA program, and be sure to join our community on Facebook.
American Occupational Therapy Association “About Occupational Therapy” http://bit.ly/2nI6N10
American Occupational Therapy Association “Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process, 3rd Edition” http://bit.ly/2nI7yal
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides” http://bit.ly/2nHQ8e6