Assists occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. In accordance with State laws, may assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Selects therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities.
- Monitors patients' performance in therapy activities, providing encouragement.
- Observes and records patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior and maintains this information in client records.
- Maintains and promotes a positive attitude toward clients and their treatment programs.
- Instructs, or assists in instructing, patients and families in home programs, basic living skills, or the care and use of adaptive equipment.
- Aids patients in dressing and grooming themselves.
- Implements, or assists occupational therapists with implementing, treatment plans designed to help clients function independently.
- Communicates and collaborates with other healthcare professionals involved with the care of a patient.
- Evaluates the daily living skills or capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.
- Attends continuing education classes.
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