An occupational therapy assistant is a licensed medical professional who works with physical and occupational therapists to rehabilitate patients with physical and other limitations. Their job duties include helping to evaluate each client's physical abilities, implementing a long-term treatment program, and assisting the patient with therapeutic exercises to improve their condition. Occupational therapy assistants also create splints and provide assistive devices, instruct patients on how to use adaptive equipment in their everyday lives, document patient progress, and relay status updates to the therapist and other team members. Occupational therapy assistants must take continued education courses to maintain licensure as required by state law. They typically work in hospitals, therapy offices, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, skilled nursing care facilities, and schools.