Position at SESI Schools
The ideal candidate will:
- Successful completion and graduation from an accredited Occupational Therapy program recognized by NBCOT and completion of all fieldwork requirements
- 1-3 years of experience as an occupational therapist in a school setting with elementary and middle school-aged children.
- Certification as an occupational therapist by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
- Current Maryland license as a certified occupational therapist.
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of strategies for students with autism, sensory processing disorder, specific learning disabilities, executive function, and self-regulation challenges.
- Have excellent time-management skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of occupational therapy theories, models of practice, principles, and evidence-based practice
- Preferred knowledge in Sensory Integration theory and practices
- Knowledge of human development throughout the life span
- Ability to analyze tasks relative to areas of occupation, performance skills, activity demands, contexts, and student factors to implement the intervention plan
- Ability to recognize occupational performance deficits in the areas of personal care, student role/interactive skills, processing skills, play, community integration, and written communication
- Skill in gathering screening and evaluation data, completing checklists, histories, and parent interviews
- Ability to select, adapt, and sequence relevant occupations and purposeful activities that support intervention goals
- Ability to maintain safe environments, equipment, and materials
- Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records and progress notes
- Willingness to be educated and trained for specific program implementation
- Ability to positively interact and collaborate in a team environment
- Complete thorough evaluation, including muscle tone, range of motion/mobility,, movement analysis, perceptive/fine motor skills, sensory-motor processing, attention, self-regulation, and functional activities of daily living.
- Assess each new student and evaluate OT needs
- Monitor therapy programs and consult with educational staff regarding the inclusion of appropriate occupational therapy treatment strategies into the educational program.
- Educate and demonstrate (verbally or written) therapy techniques to teachers and parents that can be incorporated into the classroom/home.
- Consult on IEPs and provided required documentation of students' needs and supports.
- Attend staff meetings, in-service training, and continuing education courses as appropriate or required.
- Responsible for timely documentation of evaluation results, progress reports, discharge reports, daily notes, service tracker notes.
- Monitor and manage the handwriting and keyboarding curriculum and train staff/parents in any applicable techniques.
- Work together with behavioral support staff to assist students' in crisis.
- Assist with admission interviews as needed
- Provide group therapy interventions for K-8th grade classes.
- Assess and evaluate all students' needs for individual or small group OT sessions.
- Attend parent/teacher meetings for students' receiving OT as needed.
- Monitor recess and lunch activities to address concerns such as feeding, social skills, play, fine and gross motor skills.
- Assist with arrival, dismissal, and subbing coverage as needed.