Occupational Therapy Assistant

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17 January 2020
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Occupational Therapy Assistant
(2 - Professionals)

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Job Description

Occupational therapy assistants support occupational therapists by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. They work under the supervision of an occupational therapist.


  • support worker in occupational therapy
  • OT assistant
  • OT support worker
  • OT technicians
  • assistant in occupational therapy
  • occupational therapy rehabilitation assistant
  • technician in occupational therapy



Essential Skills and Competences

  • apply techniques of occupational therapy
  • assist healthcare users achieve autonomy in everyday activities
  • communicate effectively in healthcare
  • develop therapeutic relationships
  • empathise with the healthcare user
  • ensure safety of healthcare users
  • exercise patience
  • facilitate healthcare user’s engagement in occupations
  • follow clinical guidelines
  • instruct on the use of special equipment for daily activities
  • interact with healthcare users
  • listen actively
  • monitor patients’ progress related to treatment
  • remediate healthcare user’s occupational performance

Essential Knowledge

  • community-based rehabilitation
  • ergonomics
  • health care occupation-specific ethics
  • hygiene in a health care setting
  • movement techniques
  • occupational physiology
  • occupational science
  • supervision of persons
  • vocational rehabilitation

Optional Skill and Competence

  • apply health sciences
  • assist in performing physical exercises
  • create individual treatment programmes
  • deal with emergency care situations
  • develop a rehabilitation programme
  • perform occupation analyses
  • perform patient activity analyses
  • provide health education
  • record healthcare users’ progress related to treatment
  • work in multidisciplinary health teams

Optional Knowledge

  • first aid
  • general medicine
  • geriatrics
  • health care legislation
  • human physiology
  • kinesiology
  • mechanotherapy
  • neurology
  • occupational therapy theories
  • orthopaedics
  • physical medicine
  • rehabilitation

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