What is an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) are assistants to occupational therapists. If certified, OTAs then become COTAs- certified occupational therapy assistants.

What does an occupational therapy assistant do?

OTAs/ COTAs works with a wide range of ages throughout the lifespan. OTAs and COTAs work with the young, elderly, and disabled. OTAs and COTAs help their clients perform everyday tasks like progressing and maintaining physical motor skills and assisting their clients with mental, developmental, and emotional tasks. The ultimate goal of OTAs are to help clients live an enjoyable and fulfilling life.

Where do OTAs and COTAs work?

OTAs and COTAs work in a variety of settings such as: hospitals, nursing care facilities, schools, clinics, and private homes.

What qualities make an outstanding OTA?

OTAs and COTAs are most successful when they are: social, compassionate, reliable, patient, and pay keen attention to detail.

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