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The Center provides a full range of educational, residential and treatment programs designed to help children reach their full potential. The goal of maximizing independence serves as the foundation of all Center programs. Each program has been developed to address varying skills and multiple levels of functioning.
The Center serves students between the ages of 3 and 22 diagnosed with autism, learning disabilities, language delays, intellectual impairment, behavior disorders, and related disabilities. The Center’s programs and services are designed to accommodate a broad range of functional levels and varying degrees of disability.
Under the supervision of the Director of OT, PT & APE, the Occupational Therapist is responsible for assessments, treatment plans, curriculum development, training for students and staff on his/her designated caseload.
o Complete triennial occupational therapy assessments to students as part of the clinical and educational re-evaluation process. This includes a written report, presented by OT at reevaluation (unless special arrangements are made with clinical Specialist). Assessment areas may include any of the following: gross motor skills, fine motor skills, oral motor and feeding skills, visual perceptual issues and activities of daily living
o Based upon assessments, prescribe appropriate adaptive equipment, classroom and residential accommodations. Order/assist in design of equipment and train staff in use, care and safety during team meetings.
o Complete initial assessments for new students once referred for OT services.
o Complete annual current performance sections on IEPs for all students on caseload and establish appropriate benchmark objectives for need areas.
· Education/Curriculum Development
o Participate in development of both departmental and school-wide curriculum, including submission of curriculum for the ACE®. Departmental curriculum development may encompass all areas under assessment areas.
o Supervise case managers in curriculum implementation through direct observation and modeling.
o Collaborate regularly with APE, PT and other related disciplines to maintain communication and team approach regarding students.
o Provide support to case managers and clinical/educational specialists in completing motor section of quarterly progress reports.
o Attend and supervise recreational sessions weekly for all teams
· Training and Supervision
o Provide ongoing supervision of departmental programs in contexts including mealtime, gym sessions and classroom activities.
o Attend monthly classroom meetings or team meetings for assigned caseload to review student progress, present updated information or programs, and/or to address modifications needed to existing programs.
o Complete all required NECC training classes in a timely fashion including annual training in OSHA, CPR, and 51-A.
o Provide in-service training to teachers and other specialists as needed regarding service delivery, scope of practice and team/student specific needs
· Research and Professional Development
o Participate in research projects, including research design, data collection and presentation.
o Participate in professional development opportunities to maintain and expand knowledge in OT and special education fields.
The physical requirements here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of all direct care teaching and overnight positions. The position requires direct involvement in gym sessions for several hours each week.
Protective holds, movements and carries
Blocking student movements against the student’s weight (40-250 pounds)
Physical interventions in response to aggressive and self-injurious behavior
Ability to move quickly and confidently to intervene in situations when protective holds and/or movements are deemed necessary
Ability to pursue a bolting student
Successful completion of CALM training (non-violent self-defense)
Including but not limited to: pivoting, knee squats, shuffling front and backwards, carrying people, taking down a person to the floor, stabilizing people in a prone position.
· Bachelors or Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy,
· Board Registration approval
· Three years related experience in pediatrics, preferred.
The safety of the students, staff and visitors are among the Center’s most important priorities. The active participation in the New England Center Safety Program is a condition of employment. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and the employee will also perform other reasonably related duties as requested by the Director of APE and OT or his/her designee.
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