JobID 5462 : Physical Therapist (pool for all positions) (#2023262)
Physical therapy is federally mandated as a related service under Part B of IDEA and is provided to support the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Physical therapists provide direct and consultative services to improve the students’ ability to access special education services. The school physical therapist is expected to evaluate for and implement educationally relevant direct and indirect physical therapy service. Physical Therapists analyze risk, problem solve effectively and demonstrate a high level of professional judgment when recommending and providing services, making environmental modifications and training staff to manage the students’ physical needs. Consultation with educational and community personnel is an essential component of the physical therapist’s roles and responsibilities. Work is self-directed and clinically autonomous.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Select, administer and interpret valid and reliable assessments to measure motor skills, activity demands, and student factors, which may be affecting school performance for students ages 3 through 21.
Analyze and interpret student data and appropriately convey information to the team and family
Contribute to development of IEPs/504s, including collaboratively determining the eligibility and need for physical therapy services.
Document student service, administrative and other departmental records in accordance with the school district, state and federal policies within a timely manner.
Plan, prepare or carryout individualized and developmentally appropriate physical therapy services as specified on the Individualized Education Plan.
Collaborate with community providers, school staff, parent and other team members for effective coordination of services and to provide a safe and accessible learning environment.
Provide instruction and ongoing oversight in the physical management of students, such as: lifting, positioning, assisted ambulation, physical therapy recommendations and/or equipment use.
OTHER DUTIES ASSIGNED
- Identify financial sources for maintaining, repairing and financing adaptive equipment either through district budget or other means.
- Evaluate and recommend school improvements for accessibility and environmental modifications.
- Participate in budget planning and guideline development relating to equipment and personnel needs
- Provide consultation regarding evacuation and emergency procedures for students with disabilities
- Identify safety concerns and appropriate interventions, for both the student and staff to prevent injury.
- Collect appropriate information from students, parents, other team members and outside agencies
- Participate as a member of multiple teams; eg. Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy department, buildings and Special Education teams
- Procure, maintain and inventory equipment materials and supplies.
- Provide resources and strategies to promote improved student participation in the home, school and community
- Perform other duties and assigned travel
EDUCATION AND AREA OF ENDORSEMENT
Graduation from an accredited program of Physical Therapy
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS
Licensure to practice Physical Therapy in Colorado by DORA
Minimum 2 years of experience (preferred pediatric experience)
Colorado Department of Education Special Service Provider License
Valid Driver’s License