Occupational Therapy Aides

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About the Job

Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.

It is also Called

  • Therapy Tech
  • Restorative, Rehab Aide
  • Restorative Coordinator
  • Restorative Aide
  • Rehabilitation Technician (Rehab Tech)
  • Rehabilitation Tech
  • Rehabilitation Services Aide
  • Rehabilitation Aide/Scheduler
  • Rehabilitation Aide (Rehab Aide)
  • Program Trainer
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What They Do

  • Accompany patients on outings, providing transportation when necessary.
  • Assist educational specialists or clinical psychologists in administering situational or diagnostic tests to measure client's abilities or progress.
  • Perform clerical, administrative, and secretarial duties, such as answering phones, restocking and ordering supplies, filling out paperwork, and scheduling appointments.
  • Adjust and repair assistive devices and make adaptive changes to other equipment and to environments.
  • Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual and creative arts and games.
  • Assist occupational therapists in planning, implementing, and administering therapy programs to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance, using selected activities and special equipment.
  • Instruct patients and families in work, social, and living skills, the care and use of adaptive equipment, and other skills to facilitate home and work adjustment to disability.
  • Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area.
  • Prepare and maintain work area, materials, and equipment and maintain inventory of treatment and educational supplies.
  • Evaluate the living skills and capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $28,480 with most people making between $19,210 and $40,950

Outlook

2.13%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 610 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 740 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 13 openings due to growth and about 17 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.



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