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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
This is paraprofessional work involving responsibility for the application of occupational therapy treatment to pupils in a school district. The work is performed under the direct supervision of an Occupational Therapist who evaluates the pupil, develops the treatment plan and designates treatment procedures to be followed. Progress and observations are reported to the Occupational Therapist who modifies the treatment to promote maximum rehabilitative and restorative measures. Supervision is not typically exercised in this position. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Carries out occupational therapy procedures by working with students individually or in groups to provide treatment and training in the activities of daily living.
Confers periodically with an Occupational Therapist regarding all facets of individual student care and related activities.
Provides training in self care activities to students and uses varied media to improve their physical or mental functioning.
Prepares and sets up occupational therapy treatment apparatus.
Participates with other personnel in the formulation of the pupilsí therapy plan.
Observes, records and reports student progress in occupational therapy treatments and programs.
Prepares and maintains records of treatment.
Provides for and observes safety precautions during all phases of therapy.
Inventories, cleans, stores and maintains supplies and equipment.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Working knowledge of the principles, techniques and terminology of occupational therapy treatment procedures.
Working knowledge of occupational therapy materials and equipment and their appropriate application to a variety of disabilities.
Ability to observe, record and report responses to treatment.
Ability to work effectively with the disabled, or physically handicapped.
Licensed and currently registered by the New York State Education Department as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.