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What skills do you need to be a physical therapist assistant?

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Haven’s Answer

The physical therapy assistant career involves interacting with people, teaching exercises, and figuring out problems. As a result, skills in communication, compassion, problem-solving, and creativity are needed to succeeded. Patients will need someone to listen to their problems, and to help them with their injury. Again, they need someone to understand their problems, and thus it's more than just helping with their physical injury, but helping them mentally and emotionally. Not all exercises will work for each patient given their specific problem: thus, a desire to adapt exercises, and learn new exercises to help others will benefit your ability to help different patients. Ultimately, my best advice to you is a shadow a PTA. By having a first-person experience, you'll understand the skills necessary for the job. You'll learn that there is more skills that are needed that want the job initially entails, and that will help you know whether this a career is for you.
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Deborah R.’s Answer

I think the most important skill might be one you may have been born with - interest in people and like engaging with people.
Next: interest in helping people.
Then - be curious.
After that I would say you can learn the technical and reasoning skills you need to be a PT Assistant - in school, from mentors, in clinical affiliations, and most importantly learn when you are working. You can also further educate yourself - in continuing education classes, reading, researching online, talking to other professionals, volunteering, and in many other ways.

Deborah R. recommends the following next steps:

look up <apta.org> online and read everything you can there. It is the website for the American Physical Therapy Association.
Follow any links on that website.
Volunteer in a hospital or healthcare environment, wherever you can do so safely as the pandemic continues.
<https://world.physio/ > This is the link to the organization of physical therapists around the world.
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