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Occupational Therapy Assistants
District Of Columbia

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Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.

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Currently Employed: 20

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $22.85 - $27.90

Typical Annual Salary: $47,500 - $58,000

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities.
  • Observe and record patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior and maintain this information in client records.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals involved with the care of a patient.
  • Maintain and promote a positive attitude toward clients and their treatment programs.
  • Monitor patients' performance in therapy activities, providing encouragement.
  • Instruct, or assist in instructing, patients and families in home programs, basic living skills, or the care and use of adaptive equipment.
  • Implement, or assist occupational therapists with implementing, treatment plans designed to help clients function independently.
  • Evaluate the daily living skills or capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.
  • Aid patients in dressing and grooming themselves.
  • Report to supervisors, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Arm orthopedic softgoods
  • Headpointers or mouthsticks for the physically challenged
  • Leather accessories
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
  • Writing aids for the physically challenged

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Computer based training software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Medical software
  • Word processing software

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