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Illinois Occupational Therapy Aides
What is the definition of an aide?
An aide in occupational therapy may also be called an occupational therapy technician (tech) or occupational therapy paraprofessional. This is a person who is not licensed by the Board and provides supportive services to occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants that may include client-related and non-client related duties and that do not require the knowledge, skills or judgment of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant
What tasks can an aide perform?
Any duties assigned to an aide in occupational therapy must be determined and appropriately supervised by an occupational therapist and/or occupational therapy assistant and must not exceed the level of training, knowledge, skill and competence of the individual being supervised.
Duties and/or functions that aides in occupational therapy may perform include, but are not limited to:
On-site supervision and within the visual field of the occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant:
What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?
Duties or functions that aides in occupational therapy shall not perform include, but are not limited to:
What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating to an aide?
An occupational therapist and/or occupational therapy assistant may delegate to an aide in occupational therapy only specific tasks, which are neither evaluative, selective nor recommending in nature, only after insuring that the aide has been appropriately trained for the performance of the task.
What type of supervision is required?
An aide in occupational therapy works under the direct on-site supervision of an occupational therapist and/or occupational therapy assistant who is ultimately responsible for the use of aides in occupational therapy.
68 Ill. Admin. Code § 1315.164
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