Occupational Therapist (2021-22 School Year)

Posted 2 months ago
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Upcoming School Year
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The Mission of Distinctive Schools, an educational practice leader committed to social justice and the elevation of access and achievement in historically marginalized communities, is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism.

Position Description:

A Distinctive Schools Occupational Therapists leads the process in development, implementation, and coordination of occupational therapy services in the school. Screening, evaluation, educational programming and transition planning, therapeutic intervention, and exit planning is provided for students identified with or suspected of having disabilities that interfere with their ability to perform daily life activities or participate in necessary or desired occupations. This person will: 

Understand current legislation, regulations, policies, litigation, and ethical issues related to the provision of educational therapy services

Demonstrate thorough planning and preparation, extensive skill and knowledge in the area of Occupational Therapy

Collaborate with other service providers to ensure team understanding of student motor and sensory performance strengths and needs 

Understand characteristics of individuals with disabilities across the age range 

Plan and implement evidenced-based therapy appropriately

Maintain strong knowledge of typical motor/sensory, cognitive, and social developmental characteristics

Develop observable/measurable goals that identify current levels of ability/performance and expected outcomes 

Consult with school personnel/IEP team members regarding educational goals and the implication of medical/physical issues 

Develop short and long-range plans consistent with curriculum/personal goals, learners' diversity, and learning theory

Utilize strong organizational skills and flexibility to establish and maintain appropriate schedules for direct service, consultation, meetings, and assessment 

Provide in-service and consults with staff regarding appropriate use of equipment, sensory interventions and safety procedures  

Effectively utilize a variety of therapy strategies for adapting or modifying the general curriculum to meet the needs of individual students

Deliver therapy sessions that are adequately paced allowing for ongoing adjustments

Demonstrate strong knowledge of formal and informal assessment techniques 

Evaluate the student's ability and formulates the student's physical and sensory profile through a variety of means

Synthesize evaluation results into a comprehensive written report 

Demonstrate strong understanding of data analysis, evaluation, and interpretation 

Establish clear and consistent procedures for all aspects of referrals and assessments in collaboration with administration and teachers  

Thoroughly document and record accurate student assessment data on an ongoing basis; respecting confidentiality 

Skillfully evaluate the environment on an ongoing basis and maintains a learning environment that meets the needs of students 

Work collaboratively with community agencies and outside therapists 

Maintain appropriate documentation of family/teacher communications 

Provide frequent and appropriate information to families

Demonstrate knowledge of rights to privacy, confidentiality, and respect for differences among all persons interacting with individuals with disabilities

Why Join the Distinctive Schools Team:

We are a collaborative team of professionals supporting each other to instill a love of learning in our students

We empower students, families and staff to contribute to our mission in a meaningful way

We make an impact in our communities by serving some of the most historically marginalized in the city

We offer a great benefits package for full time employees (Medical; Dental; Vision; PTO; 403b match, discounted gym membership, tuition reimbursement options, referral bonus)

Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law. 

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Distinctive Schools

910 West Van Buren Street Suite 315, Chicago, IL 60607

At the following locations

Distinctive College Prep-Harper Woods

20955 Bournemouth Street , Harper Woods, MI 48225

Distinctive College Prep-Redford

17116 Olympia , Redford, MI 48240

Plymouth Educational Center

1460 E Forest Ave. , Detroit, MI 48207

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