Sacramento County Office of Education Job Description Classification Title: Physical/Occupational Therapist
Under direction of Administrator, serves as a member of a transdisciplinary team of the Infant Development Program (IDP) serving the needs of infants, toddlers, and their families; provides ongoing assessment, evaluation, service coordination, consultation, and direct student therapy services related to motor, adaptive, and sensory development and other identified developmental needs; plans programming needs and interventions for students; performs related duties as assigned.
DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE TO
None; however, may provide technical direction to other staff in the Infant Development Program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(Any one position may not include all of the listed duties, nor do all of the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions within this classification.)
Student Therapy Services
Provides consultative therapy services, in collaboration with the student’s family and/or care providers, and transdisciplinary team, working towards developmental outcomes in the areas of sensory, gross and fine motor, functional and adaptive skills; schedules, plans, and conducts home visits with families addressing specific student programming needs; continually observes and assesses developmental status to determine therapy needs within the student and family’s routine and with regards to program constraints: modifies therapy directed services as needed; recommends programming goals and strategies; conducts and demonstrates therapy activities with students; provides information and demonstrates strategies for positioning and handling options, environmental adaptions, and movement within the home and community; determines student’s equipment needs; assists in acquiring adaptive equipment, orthotics, splints, and special adaptive toys, which can include preparing and providing statements for justification; demonstrates use of adaptive equipment to families and staff; advocates for student along with families from a physical/occupational therapist’s perspective.
Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
As a member of the transdisciplinary team, conducts assessments and evaluations of the student’s functional and development status, particularly in the areas of motor, sensory, and adaptive skills; identifies strengths and needs to determine program eligibility; assists in developing IFSP goals and desired student outcomes; conducts developmental assessments and evaluations of the student’s motor, sensory and/or functional abilities and needs to determine program eligibility and services to be provided; attends and participates in individualized education program (IEP) and transition meetings with families, community agencies, school district, and other related staff to determine future educational placement; provides written and/or oral information related to the student’s developmental levels, strengths and needs; reassesses student’s needs and progress toward goals; contributes to full-team reports for IFSP review meetings.
Coordinates services for a designated number of students within caseload with motor, adaptive, or sensory needs; acts as a lead resource to families and/or care providers, staff, and associated agencies regarding the developmental skills and programming needs for students; collaborates with medical and community agencies regarding services for students; initiates and coordinates IFSP meetings within timelines; recommends outside providers or withdrawal of services; creates and maintains student files; completes periodic assessments according to state and program guidelines; presents assessment information to staff to determine team assignments; acts as an advocate for families with medical personnel and community agencies as needed; works with child’s family and IDP team members to transition services to school districts and other programs.
Maintains ongoing communication with families and/or care providers, staff, and related agencies to coordinate program and community services, and provide information; prepares detailed reports and summaries relating to IFSP meetings, assessments, home visits, intervention activities, consultations, program planning, transition to school districts, and other related information; maintains educational and medical record files for students; prepares letters, formal requests, and recommendations to medical personnel and other agencies for equipment needs, funding sources, and coordination of services; attends meetings; maintains and coordinates schedules for home visits, parent education groups, trainings, and other meetings and appointments; creates home program handouts; shares information about student and family needs, and coordinates professional and community resources with other infant development staff and related organizations; maintains confidentiality.
Education, Training and Experience
Appropriate degree in occupational therapy or physical therapy from an accredited institution; possession of appropriate occupational or physical therapist license/certification as determined by the State of California; any combination of training and experience in pediatric therapy which enhances the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities listed; experience working with infants and toddlers who have developmental disabilities or delays is desirable.
Early childhood typical and atypical intellectual, sensory, and gross and fine motor development; developmental disabilities, diagnoses, and syndromes and their impact on functional performances, and acquisition of developmental milestones; coaching and service delivery models; current evidence-based practices and modalities in early intervention; motor and reflex development, and techniques to facilitate motor development in children with special needs; therapeutic and adaptive equipment and splinting; educational, medical, and community resources available to families with young children; standard software applications.
Skill and Ability to
Observe and assess motor development; identify areas of sensory-motor dysfunction; develop and conduct motor focused interventions using family and routine-based philosophies and strategies; research and resolve inquiries; maintain confidentiality of student records; utilize time management techniques to organize and prioritize work; remain flexible and adapt to changing program needs; modify work schedules based on therapy and case management services to meet the needs of students and staff; work independently and as a team member; work with children and families/care providers in a home environment; lift students as needed; use a computer to research topics related to therapy and to prepare comprehensive reports; keep accurate and organized case records; share technical knowledge and skills with others; maintain cultural awareness and sensitivity to work with different attitudes and lifestyles; communicate effectively in oral and written form with infants and toddlers, families and/or care providers, staff, and other community agencies regarding technical information; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted during the course of work; navigate various geographical regions; ability to lift, carry, and move various sized equipment and materials on and off the floor.
Possession of a valid California driver's license; willing to travel to different sites throughout Sacramento County according to program needs; willingness to be trained in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Additional Salary Information: Starting salary is $37.77 per hour with six annual incremental increases to $48.31, plus benefits up to $684.90 per month for single health coverage and $1,059.90 in 2-party or family health, includes medical, dental, ortho, life, vision, TSA options.
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