Occupational Therapy Assistant Skills

Occupational therapy assistant  skills include being  responsible, patient, and willing to take directions and work as part of a team. They should be caring and want to help people. Occupational therapist assistants need to have a moderate degree of strength because of the physical exertion required to assist patients.  Other occupational therapy assistant skills include:

  • a knowledge of medical terms
  • good judgment and decision making
  • good speaking abilities to convey information to patients
  • a knowledge of medical software and basic word processing programs
  • a knowledge of customer and patient service principles
  • keeping abreast of new developments in the field
  • ability to manage ones own time
  • ability to teach others how to do something

Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides,  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapy-assistants-and-aides.htm
(2) O*Net Online,Summary Report for:31-2011.00 - Occupational Therapy Assistants, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-2011.00

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