A day in the life of a home health Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) I have been practicing as a COTA for nine years now and during this time I have worked across  many settings. I have found that my passion is working with the geriatric population in their own environment. I enjoy my job, […]

I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and I have been working in early childhood intervention services for over a year and a half. I provide occupational therapy services to children from birth to 3 years of age. My roles involve assisting children in meeting their developmental milestones and their sensory needs, while also educating […]

As I am driving up to the clinic, I do my best to savour the last few seconds of peace and quiet before I enter the organised chaos that is a paediatric outpatient clinic. I don my facemask, grab my morning coffee and walk into the clinic. I am usually greeted by our Receptionist and […]

I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and I currently work in the neurology department of a hospital in Houston, Texas, and I love my job.  During the pandemic, I have alternated shifts with a fellow COTA – about biweekly – in the areas designated for patients with COVID-19. On a normal “neuro” day […]

A typical work day for me begins at 7:30am in an inpatient rehabilitation department. The Occupational Therapy department I work in includes four Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, one Occupational Therapist and one Occupational Therapy Technician. We provide services to up to twenty-two patients at the rehabilitation unit and each patient receives ninety minutes of therapy […]

I’m Emily, an American-based OT, and right after graduating with my Master of Occupational Therapy degree I worked in a residential treatment center for pre-teens with complex developmental trauma for just over two years. Our students came from all over the county and each had a unique story that had led them to us.  OT’s […]

Occupational Therapists (OTs) in outpatient paediatrics work to restore and improve the participation of children and young people in basic activities of daily living (ADLs) primarily within home and community spheres. Many children also have services within the school setting and so, in outpatient, OTs focus on ADLs such as dressing, showering, and participation in […]

In July and August, I was given the opportunity to host a student for their final placement – however with COVID-19, there was a new way of doing that we needed to adapt to: Alice*, the student, would be participating in the placement 100% virtually. For context: I’m an Occupational Therapist who works in community-based […]

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With how much our world is changing due to COVID-19 and how our routines and patterns have been disturbed, it is more imperative than ever to offer children structure, routine and most importantly, love. I am a school-based Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant  (COTA) and have a passion for supporting special needs children succeed and thrive […]

During my occupational therapy education, I was given the opportunity to work in an industrial organisation to promote employee wellness. In this role, ‘clients’ were both the employees and the organisation. I found this placement really innovative and fun because it was a creative way that Occupational Therapists could contribute to health and wellbeing promotion […]