Yes, Occupational Therapist Assistants can work in schools. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) only 4% of COTA work in an educational setting.
That said, there are many job opportunities for Occupational Therapist Assistants to work for an agency that outsources a variety of special education and OT services. In these positions, COTA may spend some time working in an educational setting and other times work in a variety of other settings (clinical for example).
Examples of tasks that COTA working in school settings perform:
- Helping students with OT handwriting activities
- Assisting special needs students with their assignments
- Transporting disabled students around campus
- Performing various pediatric OT activities with students
- Staying up to date and complying with all federal, state and local regulations
If you are a COTA interested in working in a school setting then try searching for full time jobs offered by schools but also search for agencies that outsource therapy and special education services.
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