Occupational Therapist (Leave Cover September 2020-October 2020)
Community Unit School District 200 is seeking an Long-Term Guest Subsitute Occupational Therapist who will evaluate and treat students three years through 21 in a variety of academic settings. The Occupational Therapist will be responsible for working as a team member in a school setting to contribute to the problem solving team as a consultant in response to intervention, determining appropriate evaluations, interpreting data, developing treatment plans and implementing these plans in the school setting.
NATURE OF WORK:
The school occupational therapist, as a member of the educational team, supports the education of students suspected of and/or diagnosed with disability in their least restrictive environment. The school occupational therapist develops, implements and coordinates an occupational therapy program within the local educational agency (LEA); providing screening, evaluation and intervention services. Skilled provision of occupational therapy promotes independent functioning, enhances health and provides analysis of task and environment to promote successful interface throughout the educational setting. Professional judgment and clinical knowledge are used to develop individualized programming based on occupational performance deficits in the areas of personal care, student role, interaction skills, process skills, play, community integration/work, and graphic communication. Working with students with disabilities and serious health impairments, the occupational therapist is expected to analyze abilities, problem solve effectively and demonstrate a high level of professional judgment when recommending and provide services, provide suggestions or make environmental modifications and training staff to manage student’s needs at an appropriate level of supervision. Consultation with educational and community personnel is also an essential component of the occupational therapist’s roles/responsibilities.
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK:
• Adhere to professional, ethical and legal standards of practice.
• Develop, implement and coordinate the occupational therapy program within the LEA, including philosophy, vision, departmental procedures and goals.
• Evaluate students using appropriate tests, skilled professional observation and supplementary information from other agencies and records.
• Interpret assessment findings and appropriately convey information to parents and school teams.
• Participate with the school team to develop Individualized Education Programs and consult in Section 504 Plans.
• Work with the physical therapist to develop physical management plan for daily classroom routines and train staff in its safe implementation.
• Plan for transition from school to community, preparing student to function independent from therapy service when targeted outcomes are achieved.
• Synthesizes evaluation results into a comprehensive written report which reflects strengths and barriers to student participation in the educational environment; directs program development; and guides evidence-based intervention.
• Develops occupationally based intervention plans based on student needs and evaluation results.
• Communicate and consult with school staff, parents, administrators, physicians, community and other professionals.
• Participates in multidisciplinary meetings to review evaluation results, integrate findings with other disciplines, offer recommendations, and develop individual education plans and intervention plans to achieve IEP goals.
• Serve as resource to parent, school team, staff and administration on disabling conditions and their effects on education.
• Collaborate with community based therapists and other healthcare providers for effective coordination of service.
• Assess need and recommend assistive technology necessary for function at school.
• Contribute to planning safe transportation of students with disability.
• Participate with improving school accessibility and planning environmental modification.
• Document need and advocate for personnel and equipment.
• Procure, maintain and inventory equipment, materials and supplies.
• Seek regular opportunities for professional growth.
• Provide clinical educational opportunities for students of occupational therapy.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Knowledge of occupational therapy principles, theory, methods and evidence based practice.
• Knowledge of effective practice, clinical decision making, and outcomes based intervention and their proper application in the educational environment.
• Ability to plan, implement, administer and coordinate an occupational therapy program, from eligibility determination to exit, within an LEA.
• Ability to select and administer appropriate assessment tools and interpret results of assessment.
• Skill in selecting and providing a wide range of intervention strategies and monitoring their effectiveness.
• Physical ability to execute job responsibilities that may include: transferring and/or lifting students or equipment, and managing equipment.
• Graduation from an accredited program recognized of occupational therapy. Initial accreditation and/or current renewal from NBCOT.
• Certification to practice in Illinois as evidenced by current licensure as an occupational therapist.