Chileda Institute Inc.
  • La Crosse, WI, USA
  • 21.00-25.00 per hour
  • Full Time

Health, Dental & Vision Insurance, Generous PTO, Holiday Pay, 401k Match

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Come join Chileda as we celebrate 50 years of Improving Lives in 2023!

Chileda's mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with cognitive and behavior challenges. Chileda's goal is to help students increase their appropriate social behaviors and develop independent living skills through an enriched learning environment and individualized behavior programming. We are now accepting applications for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.


The Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA) treats individuals with disabilities, developmental delays, and extraordinary behavior needs under the supervision of an OTR (Occupational Therapist Registered). The COTA uses assistive technology, interventions, and treatment techniques according to Wisconsin OT Standards of Practices. The COTA provides elements of evaluation under the supervision of the OTR. The COTA works collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team to meet treatment needs.

Status Info:

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, generally 8am - 4pm with the ability to flex to provide training and support to residential staff.

Job Duties Include:

  • Provide direct therapy to students in both individual and group sessions as outlined in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and under the direction of the OTR
  • Communicate regularly with the OTR, providing input and recommendations on individualized treatment goals and plans
  • Facilitate social skills, sensory skills, fine/motor skills, executive functioning through classroom-based groups in collaboration with teachers, behavior specialists, speech therapist, and music therapist.
  • Collaborate with the internal treatment team (Case Managers, Teacher, House Managers, Behavior Specialists, etc.) to support student's occupational therapy needs.

Education Requirements:

  • Must possess state license as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
  • Associate's Degree in Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • DPI certification preferred

Application Instructions: Apply directly at

Chileda is an EOE.

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