occupational therapy assistant

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one who aids or helps another; an auxiliary.
dental assistant see dental assistant.
first assistant a physician, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, surgical technologist, or specially trained registered professional nurse who directly assists the surgeon by handling tissue, providing exposure, using surgical instruments and equipment, suturing, and providing hemostasis.
occupational therapy assistant see occupational therapy assistant.
personal digital assistant (PDA) a small computer used to organize and easily access information; for example, clinical guidelines can be downloaded to this device.
physician assistant see physician assistant.
second assistant an individual who assists the surgeon or first assistant during an operative procedure by carrying out technical tasks such as holding retractors; this individual does not cut, clamp, or suture tissue. This role may be performed at the same time as the scrub role.
surgeon assistant (SA) see surgeon assistant.


1. pertaining to a vocation or source of livelihood.
2. pertaining to the skills a person needs to live independently and carry on a desired lifestyle; see also occupational performance areas.
occupational diseases diseases caused by any of various factors involved in a person's occupation; there are many types. Dusts are a common cause; fine particles of silica can lead to silicosis among miners, glassworkers, and persons involved in the manufacture of cement and similar materials. Another cause is toxic gases and vapors, which can result in respiratory disorders and may also involve the blood and other body systems. Many different substances are toxic, including some usually considered therapeutic when in sufficient doses. Certain kinds of chemicals can affect the skin, causing some forms of dermatitis. Working conditions, such as high temperatures or humidity, excessive noise, changes in air pressure, or continuous exposure to sun and wind, can cause varied disorders such as heat exhaustion, impaired hearing or vision, decompression sickness, or skin conditions.

Control and prevention of occupational diseases is very much a major concern of the individual worker, management, the community health service, and the state and federal governments. It involves education on how to protect oneself against occupational hazards; management's cooperation in supplying proper equipment and conditions; inspection and testing services performed by the government; the existence of adequate medical and first-aid services at the location of the work; adequate hospitalization facilities, insurance and compensation; and research into methods to provide safety and good health.
occupational therapist a health care professional who provides services designed to restore self-care, work, and leisure skills to patients/clients who have specific performance incapacities or deficits that reduce their abilities to cope with the tasks of everyday living. The occupational therapist evaluates and treats problems arising from developmental deficits, physical illness or injury, emotional disorders, the aging process, and psychological or social disability. Graduates of an accredited degree program who have completed field work requirements and are eligible for the certification examination given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
occupational therapy the use of purposeful activity to help individuals acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the performance of life tasks. It is defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association as “the art and science of directing man's participation in selected tasks to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance, facilitate learning of those skills and functions essential for adaptation and productivity, diminish or correct pathology, and promote and maintain health. Its fundamental concern is the development and maintenance of the capacity, throughout the life span, to perform with satisfaction to self and others those tasks and roles essential to productive living and to the mastery of self and environment.”

The broad concerns of occupational therapy include all factors that facilitate the development of adaptive skills and increase performance capacity, and also those factors that may impede or restrict an individual's ability to function. In addition to those persons recovering from physical injury or illness, occupational therapy serves others who because of age, poverty, cultural differences, or psychologic and social disability, have difficulty coping with the tasks of living. The reference to occupation in the title is to be understood in the context of goal-directed use of time, energy, interest, and attention.

As is true of all types of therapeutic measures, the skills that are taught and the tasks prescribed for the client take into account his individual needs, abilities, and interests. This implies a thorough evaluation of his physical, mental, and emotional status and an acceptance of him as a person. In consultation with other members of the health care team, the occupational therapist designs a program of therapy that will lead to the goal of a productive life and satisfactory adjustment on the part of the patient. The address of the American Occupational Therapy Association is 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220.
occupational therapy assistant a health care professional who works under the supervision of an occupational therapist in planning and implementing programs to restore the self-care, work, and leisure skills of clients/patients. Those certified by the American Occupational Therapy Association are designated Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

occupational therapy assistant



One who works under the supervision of an occupational therapist to assist with patient or client assessment and intervention. The degree and scope of supervision required depend on practice statutes and the levels of competency of the assistant.
See: certified occupational therapy assistant
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The types of degrees offered included entry-level master's degrees only (51.8%), entry-level master's and doctorate's degrees (OTD; 12.5%), occupational therapy doctorate degrees only (3.6%), and occupational therapy assistant degrees (OTA; 32.1%).
Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina, has had an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program in place since 1996.
Purposive sampling was used to recruit participants from the members and employees of vendor companies to the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA), a professional membership organization of over 15,000 occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. The invitation to participate in the study was criteria-based as follows:
In addition to her departmental contributions, she has been a volunteer worker in the Registrar's Office, a moderator of the Enrollment Services Internet chat room, a developmental English instructor, an occupational therapy assistant program presenter and a member of the commencement and professional development committees.
If you walk into any classroom in the Elizabeth Lee Black School you are likely to find teachers using equipment or programs adapted or designed by Karen Kyler, a certified occupational therapy assistant. Karen is very creative in adapting nearly any item to meet a child's needs, such as designing and fabricating an insert that enables students with special needs to kayak in the Barber Institute pool.
Debbie, 40, was an occupational therapy assistant before becoming a PCSO in the very first intake in 2003.
This text details the role, knowledge, skills, and competencies of the occupational therapy assistant in the delivery of mental health services.
Irvine, CA, August 25, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Stanbridge College, a technical college that offers Masters, Bachelors and Associate of Science degrees and diploma programs in Healthcare and Information Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students recently donated over $1700 to the Special Olympics Southern California.
The Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education just awarded Georgia Northwestern Technical College seven more years of accreditation to the college's occupational therapy assistant program.
But the occupational therapy assistant said she is angry that Hadrian Traffic Management clamped her car and then towed it away in such a short space of time.
Irvine, CA, June 06, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Stanbridge College, a technical college that offers training in Healthcare and Information Technology, was recently granted full accreditation status for its Associate of Occupational Science of Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) degree program by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.
The division includes the following programs: automotive technology, criminal justice, distance education, diesel, education, fashion design and merchandising, tire technology, human development, manufacturing technology, nutrition, occupational therapy assistant, pharmacy technology, and welding.

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