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Requisition Number 19-0046
Post Date 7/28/2020
Title Occupational Therapist
City Toledo
State OH
Description Occupational Therapist – School Setting

Job summary:

Provide comprehensive, quality occupational therapy services to children in compliance with Ohio’s Special Education Rules and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requirements. Comprehensive services include evaluation, planning, therapeutic activities and interventions, multi-disciplinary teamwork, counseling, referrals and education of families and professionals to assist children to fully participate in their educational experiences.

Principal duties and responsibilities:

Provides occupational therapy services including but not limited to daily living skills, acquisition of developmental milestones and skills necessary for functional fine motor tasks, sensory processing, prevention and management of orthopedic problems in upper extremities, prevocational/vocational skills, and environmental adaptation and adaptive equipment.

Evaluates and re-assesses students referred to occupational therapy, with a written parental consent, in required time frames. Makes referrals (speech therapy, physical therapy, psychologist, social worker, etc.) as appropriate.

Participates as a contributing member of the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) and Individual Education Planning (IEP) meetings and family conferences. Develops IEP goals in collaboration of the team.

Implements individual occupational therapy programs to meet student’s IEP goals.

Completes required written documentation including daily notes, monthly reports, and quarterly progress notes in accordance with school/program standards.

Works collaboratively as a team member with parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals, in order to provide comprehensive therapy services to improve functioning of children in home and school environments.

Schedules occupational therapy service to schools, with flexibility allowed for attending IEP meetings, and other professional commitments. Keeps school(s) apprised of schedule and schedule changes.

Shares professional recommendations and information and conducts workshops/in-services with educators, para-professionals, school administration and families to facilitate best educational environment for students.

Orients and supervises COTA upon request.
Seeks opportunities to expand knowledge of occupational therapy and related fields and demonstrates professional growth through participation in the continuing education process, in-services, keeping current with developments in the field of occupational therapy through attendance at professional meetings, seminars, workshops and review of literature.

Keeps Director informed about work related information and service delivery issues.

Performs other job related duties as assigned.
Requirements Education requirements:

Candidates will possess a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited institution or post-baccalaureate certificate in Occupational Therapy from an accredited institution.

License, Certification, Registration required:

Must have current Occupational Therapist State Licensure (Ohio)
Certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) as an OTR.

Experience required:

Demonstrated competence in evaluation, goal development, and treatment of disorders associated with neurological, developmental, and cognitive impairments.

Demonstrates knowledge and/or training regarding stages of childhood development.

Skills required:

Strong written, communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work as a team member and to work independently.
Knowledge of the State of Ohio Special Education Rules and IDEA 2004 requirements.
Knowledge of community resources for special needs populations.
Able to provide services in a school setting.
Ability to effectively manage, evaluate and provide treatment for children with disabilities.
Excellent organizational, problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills.
Ability to accept and respond appropriately to instruction and direction.

Physical demands:

Physical agility to work on floor or tablemat.
Ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time.
Ability to cope with a flexible schedule.
Ability to travel to various locations

Mental demands:

Must maintain confidentiality, even temperament, cope with unavoidable tension and maintain professionalism under stress and pressure. Candidate must be attentive, aware, observant and flexible. Understand new information and situations and can adapt. Can mentally change focus to perform a variety of tasks, projects and assignments simultaneously. Should demonstrate the capacity to cope with frequent interruptions.

Working conditions:

Varied school locations. School administration will determine the office space and treatment area accommodations. Travel is by personal vehicle or mode of transportation.
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