Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
TITLE: CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT (COTA)
1. Ability to make minor decisions with minimal supervision in accordance with established procedures.
2. Valid Florida Licensure as a COTA from the State of Florida
3. Experience working with students with special needs is preferred.
4. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of technological applications as related to specific job functions.
Knowledge of Federal, State and Local Laws and Policies as they pertain to Occupational Therapy.
Ability to write and communicate at a professional level.
Ability to work in a classroom setting; establish and maintain working relationships with staff, support personnel, counselors, principals, parents, medical personnel and students.
REPORTS TO: Director of Exceptional Student Education & Student Services
JOB GOAL: The COTA provides unique therapeutic services to enhance the goals and objectives of eligible students. The COTA is primarily responsible for implementing the therapeutic program prescribed by the occupational therapist.
1. Promote independence in activities of daily living (including dressing and feeding) through problem solving, suggesting adaptations and observation of the student.
2. Observe, problem solve and suggest positioning techniques to enhance educational participation and maximize function.
3. Consult and assist classroom staff through gathering and sharing information at team meetings when requested.
4. Discuss and exchange information about the students assigned with the occupational therapist.
5. Utilize task analysis to suggest techniques to the educational team with regard to feeding, activities of daily living, pre-writing, pre-cutting, and other skills needed for school performance.
6. Implement the individualized/small group therapeutic program prescribed by the occupational therapist based on goals and objectives.
7. Collaborate with colleagues and parents in order to share information and expertise to plan and implement effective student programs.
8. Assist occupational therapists in determining extent to which goals and objectives are being met by collecting and maintaining data on individual student goals.
9. Assist therapist in formulating new goals and writing new goals based on data analysis and goals.
10. Attend and participate in IEP meetings.
11. Maintains required policies in regard to matters of confidentiality concerning personal information about students.
12. Collaborate with students, parents, school staff, and other appropriate persons to assist in meeting student needs.
13. Act in a professional and ethical manner and adhere at all times to the Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct.
14. Fulfill professional responsibilities.
15. Perform other incidental tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position.
16. Performs other such duties as assigned by the Director of Exceptional Student Education program, the Superintendent of Schools, or the Board.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to lift and position students.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the district's board-approved salary schedule. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be those
established by the district.
CONTINUED: CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT (COTA)
EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated by the immediate supervisor.