.5 Occupational Therapist
POSiTION TITLE: .5 School Occupational Therapist
2020-2021 School Year
The Occupational Therapist performs therapeutic interventions, including compensation, remediation and prevention strategies and adaptations, focusing on functional mobility and safe, efficient access and participation in activities and routines in the natural learning environments. The school-based occupational therapist promotes motor development and the student’s participation in everyday routines and activities that are part of the educational program. Occupational therapy interventions promote skill acquisition and environmental adaptation and are commonly embedded within the context of student activities and routines.
Occupational therapists work collaboratively with a student’s IEP team to improve student access and participation in school and community settings. Occupational therapists provide professional expertise and training to teaching and para professional staff in the areas of self-help skills, foundational fine motor skills, mobility skills (transfers, walking, and equipment use), posture and positioning, and recreational skills for age-appropriate play.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Gathering appropriate information from student, parents and other team members regarding the child’s functional motor performance in school settings;
- Selecting, administering and interpreting a variety of screening instruments and standardized measurement tools;
- Review student data, history and assessment data to develop appropriate lessons to meet and maintain student goals;
- Develops Occupational Therapy goals that are aligned to support student’s goals as identified by the IEP Team and Parents.
- Examining and evaluating eligible students’ strengths and needs to establish their ability to participate in meaningful school activities and routines with or without assistance;
- Adapting environments to facilitate student access and participation in the educational program;
- Coordinating occupational therapy interventions within the school program;
- Functioning as a consultant to other school personnel, parents, and students to coordinate the delivery of occupational therapy services, which may include:
- Interpretation of assessments and recommendations;
- Explanation of the potential impact of developmental, medical and/or sensorimotor problems on school performance;
- Instruction of Parents, Para-Professionals, Teachers and Related Service Providers in the physical management of students, such as safe lifting, positioning, assisted ambulation, gross motor programs, vocational tasks, leisure activities, and/or equipment use; and
- Setting realistic expectations for students in school;
- Selecting, modifying, or customizing adaptive equipment and assistive technology.
- Educating and training school personnel and families to promote inclusion of students within the educational experience be developing, demonstrating, training, and monitoring the effectiveness of strategies and intervention activities, using data to make decisions. This includes the use of assistive technology for access and participation in the general education curriculum.
- Assists with completion of progress reports for children receiving services;
- Supervises The District’s Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in providing direct services within the school District;
- Referring students to other related service personnel and to healthcare providers as appropriate;
- Serving as a liaison among school, medical personnel, and medical equipment vendors;
BUDGET AND/OR RESOURCE RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Prioritize and schedule work tasks independently
- Maintain accurate records in accordance with professional standards, state guidelines, and school system policy.
- Review processes for improvement opportunities and make changes as needed to ensure quality of instruction.
- Maintains inventories of equipment, materials, and supplies.
- Demonstrates effective interpersonal relationships with students, parents and staff.
The education/training/experience, license/certification, general expectations, physical demands, and work environment factors described below 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.
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education
- Spanish speaking is preferred, but not required
LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS:
- Valid Colorado Driver’s License.
- Valid Colorado Special Services Providers License in Occupational Therapy.
- Is flexible.
- Has computer/technology skills.
- Has the ability to work with students with diverse backgrounds and abilities.
- Has the ability to work cooperatively with supervisors and co-workers.
- Has the ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
- Has the ability to perform responsibilities without the necessity of close supervision.
- Has the ability to effectively communicate with the School District community.
- Has the ability to analyze, instruct, negotiate, coordinate, communicate, problem solve and use interpersonal skills.
- Has the ability to compare, compute, synthesize and evaluate.
- Has the ability to meet attendance standards and work the hours necessary to perform the essential functions.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Maintain a generally positive attitude.
- Observe all District policies and procedures.
- Adhere to federal and state legislation, regulation, and policies.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Frequent lifting 5 (five) to 10 (ten) pounds.
- Occasional lifting of up to one hundred fifty (150) pounds.
- Frequent sitting, bending, walking, stooping, kneeling, squatting, reaching and standing.
- Ability to run, jog, swim and/or expel physical exertion in order to appropriately respond to needs of students.
- Mostly clean and comfortable.
- The work environment is high energy.
- Physical restraint may be necessary to provide safety for students and others.
- May encounter noise, odors or bodily fluids.
- Director of Student Services or designee.
This job description is not intended to create any express or implied contract of employment or expectancy of continued employment for any definite term.
In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Colorado law, Adams County School District 14 does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates. Inquiries or complaints may be referred to Linda Shamlin, Director of Human Resources, 5291 East 60th Avenue, Commerce City, CO 80022, or to the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Region VIII, Federal Office Building, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204.