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School Occupational Therapist

Company: Santa Barbara County Education Office
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: June 23, 2022

Job Description:

Note:Position is based in Santa Barbara, working in Carpinteria 3 days and serving infants 2 days in Santa Maria. 183-day school year.General descriptionProvides occupational therapy and services for special education students, ages birth to 22 years, that includes assessment, development of Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and plans, therapy, and direct intervention strategies and activities to assist students in acquiring functional and independent life skills within their occupational performance in the educational setting. Works with special education teams and provides consultation and training to school personnel and families.RequirementsEducation: Master's degree in occupational therapy (or bachelor's degree if received prior to2007) from an accredited four-year college or university and proof of continuing education.Experience: One year's experience in a school setting preferred.Knowledge and Skills--- Specialized knowledge of the physical, sensory, intellectual, social, and emotional growthpatterns of children including the developmental and educational needs of children withspecific disabilities--- Current theories and best practices in the application of occupational therapy techniques,including oral motor facilitation, daily living activities, sensory impairments, perceptualmotor, fine motor development, and normal and abnormal child development--- Advanced math and interpretive skill to conduct and evaluate statistics--- Sufficient human relations skills to achieve and maintain trust and cooperation with peersand students, to deliver formal discussion with classroom-sized groups, to resolve conflict,and to use advanced lines of inquiry to obtain personal information from students--- Requires professional writing skills sufficient to write reports and correspondence that maybe sensitive and have legal implicationsAbilities--- Requires ambulatory ability to move to various class and meeting room settings, to stoop,bend and kneel, and to reach--- Hand-arm motion ability and coordination to assist others with physical movements--- Hand-eye-arm coordination ability to use special diagnostic devices and a personalcomputer keyboard to access and record information--- Visual ability to recognize words, numbers, and non-verbal actions of people--- Auditory ability to project voice and carry out conversations with individuals and smallgroups in person and over the phoneLicenses and certificates--- License to practice in California--- Certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and registrationby the American Occupational Therapy Association--- Valid California driver's licenseSpecific duties and responsibilities--- Provides occupational therapy services to students by conducting assessments in context totheir occupational performance within the educational setting using an ecological model todetermine their strengths and level of need in areas that may include physical, cognitive,psychosocial and sensory components--- Participates in pre-referral screenings, provides support and recommendations as part ofthe general education process, and facilitates transition planning--- Participates in intervention planning and implementation of IEP and Individualized FamilyService Plan (IFSP) services--- Develops well defined educationally relevant goals and objectives that are part of thestudent's individual educational program--- Evaluates student progress on individual IEP and IFSP goals and revises goals as needed--- Prepares occupational therapy assessments and progress and makes recommendations--- As a part of the IFSP or IEP team the OT collaborates with professional staff to determine anindividualized education plan for students eligible for special education services--- Instructs and collaborates with multidisciplinary teams in occupational therapy treatmentapproach, and instructional support on understanding, interpreting, and implementingintervention procedures--- Consults with parents and staff on occupational therapy interventions for students--- Provides training and continuing professional development to teachers and resource staff--- Keeps up-to-date on current clinical, theoretical and educational research in the professionand develops up-to-date best practices for therapy services--- Ensures the documentation of services is professional, efficient, and accountable, and inconformance with the policies of state and other agencies--- Modifies and may design adaptive equipment that enhances students' ability to accesslearning and technology--- Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position

Keywords: Santa Barbara County Education Office, Santa Barbara , School Occupational Therapist, Healthcare , Santa Barbara, California

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