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California Occupational Therapy Supervision Definitions 

Appropriate Supervision of an Aide - That the responsible OT or OTA shall provide direct in-sight supervision when the aide is providing delegated client-related tasks and shall be readily available at all times to provide advice or instruction to the aide. The OT or OTA is responsible for documenting the client’s record concerning the delegated client-related tasks performed by the aide.

Client Related Tasks - Tasks performed as part of occupational therapy services rendered directly to the client.

Aide - An individual who provides supportive services to an OT or OTA and who is trained by an OT or OTA to perform, under appropriate supervision, delegated, selected client and nonclient-related tasks for which the aide has demonstrated competency. A licensed OT or OTA may utilize the services of one aide engaged in client-related tasks to assist the OT or OTA in the practice of occupational therapy. The occupational therapist shall be responsible for the overall use and actions of the aide.

Limited Permit - The authority granted by the board to a person to offer occupational therapy services under the direction and appropriate supervision of a licensed OT.

Non-Client Related Tasks - Clerical, secretarial and administrative activities; transportation of patients/clients; preparation or maintenance of treatment equipment and work area; taking care of patient/client personal needs during treatments; and assisting in the construction of adaptive equipment and splints.

Occupational Therapist- An individual who meets the minimum education requirements specified and is licensed and whose license is in good standing as determined by the board to practice occupational therapy. The occupational therapist is responsible for and directs the evaluation process and develops the intervention plan.

Occupational Therapy Assistant - An individual who is licensed, who is in good standing as determined by the board, and based thereon, who is qualified to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under this chapter, and who works under the appropriate supervision of a licensed OT.

Occupational Therapy Services - The services of an OT or the services of an OTA under the appropriate supervision of an OT.


Cal. Bus. and Prof. Code § 2570.2

16 C.C.R. 4100

16 C.C.R. 4146

16 CCR § 4150

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