Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

POSITION TITLE: Child Development Services Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

REPORTS TO: Occupational Therapist Site Director


Job Goal:? The person in this position is responsible to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under the supervision of an occupational therapist.


Permitted Performance Responsibilities:

The CDS Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant will:

  • Exhibit a positive professional attitude with supervisors, co-workers, children, and community.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all children and employee related information.
  • Exercise sound judgment and provide appropriate care in the performance of duties.
  • Participate in the screening process by collecting data, such as records, by general observation and/or by conducting a general interview, and communicate either in writing or orally the information gathered to the supervising occupational therapist.
  • Assist in delivering the treatment plan after the student has been evaluated and the treatment plan has been developed by the occupational therapist and approved by the IFSP/IEP team.
  • Will track the need for reassessment, report changes in status that might warrant reassessment or referral, and may administer the reassessment under the supervision of the supervising occupational therapist.
  • Immediately discontinue any specific treatment procedure which appears harmful to the student and immediately notify the supervising occupational therapist.
  • Not discharge the student from a treatment program without supervision from the supervising occupational therapist.
  • Maintain appropriate certification.
  • Exhibit positive language and behavior skills as a model for children and families.
  • Adhere to the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics set forth by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation for Occupational Therapy Practice.
  • Complete any other appropriate duties the Site Director/Supervisor deems necessary


Required Supervision:

  • Serve under the general supervision of a Licensed/Registered Occupational Therapist following the supervision guidelines set forth by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation for Occupational Therapy Practice.


  • Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant from an accredited program
  • Successful completion of the National Certification exam
  • State of Maine Occupational Therapy Assistant License
  • Positive background, criminal records, fingerprinting and reference check



  • Working knowledge of child development, disabilities, family systems and special education methods
  • Ability to interact with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to provide individual and group services in a variety of settings and models
  • Ability to establish an effective rapport/relationship with children and parents
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of an early childhood team
  • Ability to effectively communicate, orally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations
  • Ability to adapt therapy techniques to varying personalities and environments
  • Ability to travel to a variety of locations to deliver services
  • Ability to motivate young children