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Occupational Therapist

  • Classified

Salary range: 56

Reports to: Director of Student Services

OVERVIEW

Under general supervision, provide occupational therapy services to special need students exhibiting learning disabilities such as developmental delays, behavior disorders, perceptual motor/visual motor difficulties, gross and fine motor delays, or any other associated disorders interfering with a student's ability to benefit from his/her education program. Therapy may be provided on a direct, consultative, or monitoring basis.

QUALIFICATION
  • B.A. or B.S. from an accredited school, as well as experience and/or training which meets or exceeds the skills and abilities described in this classification
  • Have and maintain certification with the American Occupational Therapy Certification Board (AOTCB)
  • Strong background in Sensory Integration therapy and application in the treatment of Autism, PDD and associated regulatory disorders; SCSIPTS Certification preferred
  • Have and maintain a valid California driver's license.
RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES
  • Assess the developmental and educational needs of children with a variety of disabilities
  • Administer complete educational assessments and reassessments, including observations, record review, standardized/non-standardized testing in areas of suspected disability; interpret results, provide a comprehensive written report, and present findings at IEP meetings
  • Formulate and implement individual reatment plans as related to assessment, educational implications, and IEP Goals and objectives
  • Chart daily notes related to therapy activities and student responses
  • Adapt environment, equipment, materials and activities according to student needs
  • Communicate and collaborate with other staff and family members as a means of effectively infusing therapy activities, in home and in school, to optimize the overall program and student progress
  • Conduct in-services and other training programs for both school staff and parents as to the role and scope of Occupational Therapy in the intervention program of the School District
  • Provide direct training and assistance to instructional assistants and other support staff directly involved with students
  • Schedule treatments, meetings, and other associated responsibilies
  • Develop procedures, reporting forms and records to manage the program and comply with Educational Standards
  • Work independently while following IEPs
  • Develop, implement and oversee Treatment Plans, Goals, and Objectives
  • Communicate clearly through all mediums
  • Work with public and outside agencies, maintaining confidentiality of student records and information
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and materials, and present in a group setting
  • Work independently under general supervision
  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records and filing systems
  • With appropriate training, may be called upon to provide First Aid or CPR
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships and interpersonal skills with others using tact, patience, and courtesy.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • An understanding of Developmental Foundations and Neurodevelopmental implications as related to learning/behaviors and educational success;
  • Understanding of and ability to apply Educational versus Medical models in determining appropriate school-based therapy services;
  • A thorough knowledge of report-writing methods and techniques.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, turn, talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to write, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and taste or smell.

Employee must be able to push and maneuver students in wheelchairs, safely lift and support student's weight for transferring from wheelchairs, toileting etc. Lifting and supporting students with weight up to 70 lbs. and frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing a minimum of 20 lbs.

Dexterity of hands and fingers to provide occupational therapy procedures; hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone and provide assistance to students; understand voice and speech patterns; seeing to read fine print.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed in a standard office environment and/or classroom environment. The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The position requires direct contact with students; may entail exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work Year: 10 Months

Revision Date: 03/24/2017

Initial date: 06/27/2011

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.