CFCC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

>>Woman: We’re going to slide on three
>>Man: Alright >>Woman: One, two, three >>Jennifer: I joined the OTA program
because I was in the search of a career that I wanted to be in that also helps people gave me a chance to be creative and use my knowledge to improve someone’s life. >>Simone: The OTA is more responsible for implementing the interventions which
would be to help people increase their independence and activities of daily living. Um, these interventions could
focus on physical disabilities emotional or social maladjustment. >>Nathan: We want to work on your activities of daily
living. We want to make sure that you can function independently in daily life and that starts at infancy
and depending what you need all the way up through geriatrics. We want
to keep you independent and functioning as long as possible through your life. >>Jennifer: We are given the unique
ability to help people from being able to dress again
to brush their teeth again to cook dinners after having a stroke,
being able to regain certain activities that they do every day and improve that. >>Simone: I definitely think you have
to have a very giving spirit. You have to be very open minded. Um, your working with people with
disabilities so you of course have to be open to knowing that those people have abilities far beyond their disability and
be confident in yourself to know that you’ll feel comfortable working with those
individuals and even work with individuals right before the end of their lives.
So, you definitely have to have a strong sense of self
to know whether or not you can handle those situations. >>Nathan: You really need to have
a passion for helping people because you’re not just going into a job every day. You’re there to help improve this person’s life and we are all about functional independence. So, you’re there to help them in anyway that is needed. If you’re helping somebody bathe,
you need to really care because this person is gonna either learn
how to bathe correctly with you or they’re just not going to get it
and they’re going to give up and you’re going to give up. You need to be patient. >>Group Leader: One, two, three >>Jennifer: It is very important to become a team player
in the occupational therapy field because You work with a wide range
of different disciplines You work with speech on a daily basis.
You can work with PT on a daily basis. You work with doctors, nurses, teachers. Um, so you have to be able to communicate and get your point across
and take and receive criticism in order to improve your client’s state. In order to make them reach the goals
that they’re trying to achieve. >>Instructor: And squeeze. >>Instructor: Let go. >>Nathan: We have people that work at
skilled nursing facilities assisted living and in home health where
you can help people age in place. So you can work in a hospital
setting, skilled nursing facility, You can work in people’s homes.
You can work at day care settings. There are pediatric facilities that
are just for therapy such as this. >>Simone: One of the things that attracted me
to the field was the the breadth of opportunity. Um, I’m hoping to be able to travel
internationally with it. There are occupational therapy
assistants all over the world. I have a passion for travel and
learning about different cultures. >>Jennifer: I hope to be working with the military. Improving their lives somehow,
whether it’s working with military personnel in a VA hospital, working with children
on base in the school system. I see myself just improving
someone’s quality of life, letting them regain their
independence that they have lost.


  1. I currently work with MHMR clients for the state of TX at a state supportive living center. I'm interested in furthering into OT/ PT are careers but I have some questions. If you can possibly answer Id be very appreciative. In my current field tattoos are not an issue on any part of the body I have some in places such as my hands that are a little harder to cover but not impossible but I prefer to not have to cover them. Would this be an issue in this field of work??

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