Find Out Below How this Occupational Therapist Assistant Connected With a Patient.
Our next guest in the 2RNs Who’s Who in the Hospital series is a bright, young, motivated Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA). She is the first in her family to go to college. She worked full time while attending an occupational therapy assistant program and earning her associate degree. Since passing the national certification exam, she has worked with both children and adults in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, and elementary school settings.
The cool thing about being an occupational therapy assistant is that you are directly involved in providing therapy to patients. They help patients develop, recover, improve and maintain the skills they need for daily living and working. We are excited to introduce you to this caring young women.
Let’s Get Started:
*1) What drew you to your specialty? “I have a cousin who is autistic, and I saw his progress he made with occupational therapy and I wanted to help.”
*2) Is there something that you do to connect with your patients? “It really depends on a lot of things including the persons culture and age. I try to read the vibe of the patient and go from there. I always try to come in with a positive attitude.”
*3) What is a complaint you have about patients in general? “They think they know more than they do.”
*4) Do you have a patient or case that touched you the most? “In clinic there was a little girl with selective mutism. She chose not to speak after a traumatic event. Our goal was to get her to say something. One day after working with her while we were coloring she finally said, ‘I like that’. It was the first words we heard her say.”
*5) What is one thing that you still have on your bucket list? “I want to volunteer in South Africa.”
*6) If you couldn’t be an occupational therapist assistant would you want to be? “I’d want to be a physician’s assistant.”
Specific Questions –
*7) What exactly does an occupational therapist assistant do? “They help someone become as independent as possible. We show them how to modify things.”
*8) Do you have a favorite piece of equipment that you use when working with your patients? “My favorite is a sock aid. You put a sock around a horse shoe shaped thing and put your foot in it and you use it to pull up your sock.”
*9) Do you have a favorite age group to work with and why? “I like 4-8 years old. It is the most innocent age and they are more motivated and willing to learn.”
*10) How much school did you have to go to to become an occupational therapist assistant? “I went to school for 2 years and got my associates degree.”
-Occupational Therapy Assistant
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