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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants help clients overcome the challenges of recovering from illness, injury, or other disabling conditions. They select therapy activities that fit the patient’s needs and capabilities, then monitor their performance and provide instruction and encouragement. They will evaluate the daily living skills and capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients, then instruct patients and their families in basic living skills, techniques for dealing constructively with emotions, and the care and use of adaptive equipment. Sometimes they will need to design or repair assistive devices to adapt to the individual or environment.

Career Details

Degree Type: Associate Degree

Field: Health Science

County: Travis and Williamson

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Occupational Therapy (ACC)
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Career Driven Skills Needed:

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Positive mental attitude, strong work ethic, empathetic, reliable, attentive, trained in rehabilitation, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, nursing, long-term and acute care, geriatrics, and hospice

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Average salary for experienced professionals is $71K, entry-level pay starts around $24 an hour