Pediatric Occupational Therapist Assistant

Help disabled kids become independent through games and exercises.
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$33,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pediatric Occupational Therapist Assistants do?

A child born with a mental or physical disability may face challenges in life, but that doesn’t mean she’s helpless. Pediatric Occupational Therapist Assistants work closely with Pediatric Occupational Therapists to devise treatment plans for children. Each plan helps a child become more independent. Pediatric Occupational Therapist Assistants do much of the hands-on work with children, while the Occupational Therapist designs and monitors the treatment plan.

If you’re considering a career as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist Assistant, then you probably love children and enjoy helping others. Those are the key requirements for this line of work. You spend many hours with these children, playing games and encouraging creative thinking.

How exactly do you treat children? For mental disabilities, you find games and puzzles for them to use. For physical disabilities, you lead them through a predetermined exercise routine.

You oversee each treatment session to prevent injuries. Children will become more independent as they learn to feed and dress themselves. Extremely young children may learn how to crawl or sit up on their own.

Aside from being an Assistant, you also function as a part-time Secretary. Every child has a medical record that needs updating, and an insurance company to bill or a payment plan to work out with the parents. Keeping track of patient progress and current contact information is often your responsibility. You track each child as she grows and thrives right before your eyes.


Should I be a Pediatric Occupational Therapist Assistant?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant

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