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Occupational therapy assistants and aides 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 by helping them compensate for limitations. For example, occupational therapy assistants help injured workers re-enter the labor force by helping them improve their motor skills. They help persons with learning disabilities increase their independence by teaching them to prepare meals or use public transportation.
Most occupational therapy assistants work in occupational therapist offices or hospitals.
Employment of occupational therapy assistants and aides is projected to grow 41 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities.
Occupational therapy assistants must complete an associate degree or certificate program from an accredited community college or technical school.
Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisites: An Associate’s degree. Licensing requires 8 weeks of supervised field work experience; National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination.
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814