Occupational Therapist - Sp Ed/Psy Services
Gwinnett County Public Schools
|Job Code: Occupational Therapist - 030097||Standard Hours: 40||Department: Sp Ed/Psy Services - 221209||Empl Class: NA|
|Minimum Salary: $41,464.00/Annually|| Maximum Salary: $65,030.00/Annually|| Scheduled Days: 190|| Target Openings: 4|
; opacity:.8;'>License and Certification Qualifications: Licensed by the state board of occupational therapy and a valid Georgia driver's license required.
Education Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited college or university with a minimum of a bachelor?s degree in occupational therapy required.
Experience Qualifications: One year of pediatric and/or school-based therapy experience preferred.
Skills Qualifications: Ability to collaborate effectively; team oriented; strong organizational and documentation skills; knowledge of current occupational therapy practices including evaluation procedures; effective communication skills both written and verbal; strong computer skills including the Microsoft Office Suite; ability to devise, implement, and direct treatment plans; knowledge of wheelchair seating and positioning; knowledge of pediatric diagnoses, such as autism, orthopedic impairments, and learning disabilities; knowledge of assistive technology for students; ability to evaluate and make recommendations for adaptive equipment; ability to project and generate a positive attitude; ability to work successfully with colleagues; and ability to impact change.
Primary Responsibilities: Responsible for assisting students with disabilities to benefit from special education programming by supporting designated Individualized Educational Program (IEP) objectives and supporting parents, educational staff, and administrators.
1. Assess student need for the related service of occupational therapy, eligibility for orthopedically impaired, traumatic brain injury, and other health impaired special education programs including Student Support Team (SST) and 504 purposes and for early childhood arena purposes.
a. Conduct a variety of assessment approaches to include standardized testing, histories, checklists, records audits, and interviews with parents, educational staff, and medical professionals.
b. Utilize classroom observations for students ages three through 21.
c. Present evaluation results to the IEP committee for final determination of service needs.
d. Conduct assessments in response to referrals by SST, special educators, and/or parents of students receiving special education services for students experiencing difficulties in general education.
e. Assist with 504 plans in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
2. Develop programs and plans to offer strategies and interventions to promote student participation in educational programs.
a. Develop, direct, and provide consultative treatment and/or in-home programs to support IEP objectives for individual students.
b. Assist in developing an IEP as a member of the IEP committee.
c. Develop strategies for the appropriate use of adaptive equipment, materials, and mobility aids in the school environment.
d. Construct materials and equipment, which may not be available commercially, to meet the individual needs of students.
e. Create programs to support students receiving special education and educational staff as a related service provider in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
3. Participate in professional learning opportunities to promote consistency in student educational programs.
a. Provide in-service training for special education providers of all programs, as well as regular education staff, parents, and parent groups.
b. Support staff concerning topics such as child development, behavioral issues, specific disabilities and diagnoses, feeding techniques, handling and positioning techniques, sensory and behavioral strategies, handwriting strategies, and visual perceptual development strategies.
c. Instruct students, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents on the maintenance of mastered therapy plans.
d. Provide in-service to colleagues concerning current school based therapy related topics.
e. Participate in continuing education seminars offered by medical professionals to remain knowledgeable of current diagnoses, treatments, and medications as applicable to planning appropriate services for students with disabilities and to maintain the required Georgia occupational therapy license, registration, and certification.
4. Identify the educationally relevant needs of students with disabilities and foster consistency in those who work with students.
a. Complete formal reports on evaluation, eligibility, and review of student therapy plans.
b. Maintain informal communication with parents, educational staff, and medical professionals recommending therapy services.
c. Maintain current rosters of students on assigned workloads.
d. Maintain documentation of school based therapy services for each student receiving the related service occupational therapy.
e. Obtain current physician's referrals as needed for treatment.
f. Attend preparatory activity and IEP meetings for students receiving school-based occupational therapy services.
g. Attend SST meetings when requested by school SST coordinators.
h. Attend 504 planning and review meetings.
i. Ensure compliance with IDEA, ADA, and best practices for school-based occupational therapy as presented by the American Occupational Therapists Association.
5. Provide educationally relevant occupational therapy treatment to students in special education as determined by the IEP committee.
a. Provide ongoing treatment to special education students in all special education programs on identified IEP objectives supported by occupational therapy.
b. Provide periodic consultation to special education teachers to support IEP objectives.
c. Provide short-term occupational therapy interventions to accommodate changes in special education student performance or the learning environment.
d. Provide interventions designated in 504 plans.
e. Assist students with disabilities with participating and benefiting from educational programs in accordance with IDEA and ADA- 504.
6. Assist with litigation issues as requested by the Executive Director of Administration and Policy issues and/or the Executive Director of Special Education and Psychological Services.
a. Present documentation of school-based therapy services upon request for mediations and hearings.
b. Attend meetings concerning due process issues as requested by the Executive Director of Administration and Policy issues and/or the Executive Director of Special Education and Psychological Services.
c. Adhere to all due process procedures.
7. Promote safety throughout the educational environment.
a. Identify barriers of student access to the educational environment as well as educational programs.
b. Assist with the development and implementation of building evacuation plans.
c. Assist upon request from the Transportation Department with the development and implementation of plans to safely transport students with wheelchair issues as well as students with unique behavioral concerns.
8. Act as clinical supervising instructors for occupational therapy students from several universities with preference granted to occupational therapy programs at universities within the state of Georgia.
9. Perform other duties as assigned.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit for extended periods of time. Employee is also required to talk, hear, stand, and walk. The employee may be required to use hands to finger, handle, feel, and/or reach. Employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
HELPING STUDENTS ACHIEVE
Gwinnett County Public Schools provides a quality and effective education for all students by focusing on its core business of teaching and learning. Since its inception in 1996, GCPS’ AKS curriculum has reflected the collective wisdom of thousands of educators and community members who worked together to determine what students need to know and be able to do in order to be successful at the next grade level and in the future.