Occupational therapy assistants, or OTAs, are essential to helping individuals with developmental disabilities or recovery issues navigate their way through activities of daily living (ADLs) in their every-day surroundings. OTAs work with individuals to find creative ways to carry out all kinds of tasks–from brushing teeth to using a computer–despite various physical or mental challenges. While OTAs are typically overseen by an occupational therapist, hospitals and occupational therapist’s offices aren’t the only places where OTAs find work.
Here are 7 other places where you might work as an OTA:
- Physical Therapy Offices and Rehabilitation Centers: Following accident or injury, many patients find themselves with either temporary or permanent physical debilities that require them to find new and creative ways to carry out everyday tasks. OTAs can be a big help in providing patients with these solutions.
- Speech Pathologist Offices: In addition to working with patients facing physical challenges, OTAs also work with patients dealing with cognitive issues such as speech or communication impairments. This might also include motor problems related to the mouth.
- Audiologist Offices: Similar to working in a pathologist’s office, OTAs working alongside audiologists provide individuals with hearing impairments solutions that allow them to communicate effectively.
- Nursing Homes: OTAs working in nursing homes help geriatric patients navigate their way through ADLs as independently as possible by providing solutions for issues caused by injury, illness or even dementia.
- Halfway houses: In addition to helping people navigate ADLs, OTAs also offer patients guidance for daily tasks related to working. In a halfway house, OTAs may help individuals learn to balance a checkbook or prepare for job interviews.
- Schools: OTAs carry out a variety of functions in a school setting, working with students, parents and teachers to create learning solutions for students facing physical, cognitive or behavioral obstacles throughout the school day.
- In-home care settings: Finally, OTAs often work one-on-one with patients in a home setting, especially as individuals adjust to obstacles resulting from recent injuries or conditions that alter their ability to carry out ADLs. This can cover any range of tasks, from getting dressed in the morning to making lunch to checking emails.
The typical workday–or work environment–for an OTA certainly does not lack variety. There are countless places where you might work as an OTA. If you’re ready to take the next step in exploring a career as an OTA in St. Catherine’s OTA program, contact us to get started.