occupational therapy assistant


Occupational therapy assistants support occupational therapists by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. They work under the supervision of an occupational therapist. 

Scope notes

Includes people working with students. 
 Includes people performing staff supervision.

Alternative label

  • support worker in occupational therapy

  • OT assistant

  • OT support worker

  • OT technicians

  • assistant in occupational therapy

  • occupational therapy rehabilitation assistant

  • technician in occupational therapy

Regulatory aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/services/free-movement-professionals/qualifications-recognition_en


Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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