Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Description

Updated July 19, 2017

Occupational therapy assistant, or OTAs, give support to occupational therapists by helping with therapy sessions and treatment procedures. To become an assistant, an individual will have to possess a positive attitude towards patients, provide encouragement and observe patients' accomplishments throughout their treatment sessions.

Assist Occupational Therapists

OTAs help occupational therapists with various tasks, including creating and administering professional and leisure activities that will help individuals improve their social and developmental skills.


An aide teaches patients and their families fundamental skills for everyday living, for example, shopping for groceries and finanical management, and provides tips on adjusting to caring for individuals with physical or emotional disabilities.

Assistant to Patients

The assistant gives aide to patients by helping them dress and tidy up throughout the day. Therapy assistants will also help transfer patients to and from the work area of the occupational therapy facility.

Maintain Facility Equipment

OTAs clean and retain equipment for patient use on a daily basis. They also order new materials and equipment when needed.


To provide information on a patient's progress, occupational therapy assistants conduct information regarding the patient's behaviour and personal development throughout the treatment sessions and distribute the indivdiual's information to supervisors.


Occupational therapy assistants perform several administrative duties, including scheduling appointments, gathering patients' information and recording health insurance statements.

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