Occupational Therapist is responsible for assessing students for OT related services eligibility and providing therapy to eligible students.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Plan and provide a continuum of services consistent with the student goals contained in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
• Evaluate student progress and determine readiness for termination of occupational therapy services.
• Design, construct, alter, and provide students with adaptive equipment and devices to promote maximum independence.
• Assess students with disabilities and make recommendations for the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee decision regarding necessity, relevance, and purpose of the proposed related service.
• Participate in the ARD Committee to assist with the interpretation of assessment data, appropriate placement, and goal setting for students according to district procedures.
• Consult with educational staff and parents regarding occupational therapy.
• Provide staff development training in assigned school to assist personnel with selection and use of adaptive equipment, understanding of occupational therapy program, and use of adaptive techniques.
• Consult with parents, teachers, administrators, and other relevant people to enhance their work with students.
• Develop and coordinate a continuing evaluation of the occupational therapy program, and implement changes based on the finding.
• Assist in the selection of equipment and adaptive material.
• Develop and maintain effective individual and group relationships with students, parents, and school staff.
• Create an environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the maturity level and interests of students.
• Establish control and administer discipline according to the Student Code of Conduct and student handbook.
• Compile, maintain, and file reports, records, and other required documents.
• Comply with policies established by federal and state law, State Board of Education rule, and board policy in occupational therapy area.
• Comply with all district and campus routines, regulations, and policies.
• Maintain a positive and productive relationship with administrators.
• Communicate effectively with colleagues, students, and parents.
• Adhere to ethical and legal standards and model behavior that is professional and responsible.
• Participate in approved professional development to improve skills related to job assignment.
The physical demands described here 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally life and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to travel within the district to multiple campuses. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES REQUIRED:
Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy or related program, valid Texas license as an occupational therapist granted by the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, experience in Special Education, knowledge of testing protocol and interpreting results.