New York, New York
The iHOPE school community strives to provide comprehensive services for our students, who present with a variety of diagnoses including Traumatic Brain Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, and other brain-based disorders. Our students participate in academic instruction with appropriate modification and adaptation, as well as therapeutic services, based upon a collaborative, researched-based model that integrates current technology. iHOPE is committed to learners with complex needs and to their social, emotional, adaptive and educational advancement. Accessibility and integration into the larger community are at the core of our belief system.
The Occupational therapist facilitates the delivery optimal care for students at iHOPE by providing, coordinating and supporting prescribed occupational therapy programs in the educational and home and community settings for students attending the program.
· Consults with families to ensure that student’s needs are being met in a manner consistent with caregiver and family expectations
· Adheres to and supplements the student’s mandate and goals from their Individual Educational Plan as needed depending on the student’s IEP
· Safe and maximally effective evaluation of baseline skills in line with policy of department.
· Determines the frequency, intensity and plan for therapeutic intervention related to the performance of school-based activities, including academics (all classroom and school program activities), self-care (including feeding, dressing, toileting hygiene activities and others), leisure/play, community and prevocational activities as relevant.
· Designs, plans and provide therapeutic interventions for students that effectively increase participation of students in school related activities (academic/preacademic; self-care, play, community, etc.) that may be remedial/restorative, compensatory, or change in activity or environment.
· Documents and monitors provision of service and student progress in a timely manner in line with policies of organization, governing bodies and in language comprehensible to caregivers
· Communicates and collaborates with parents, team members and medical professionals as needed related to health, equipment use, participation in activities and other relevant factors
· Measures, orders, communicates, with vendor/providers of adaptive equipment and orthotics.
· Fabricates, maintains, modifies and trains staff on and monitors use of adaptive equipment and orthotics.
· Attends and participates in scheduled supervision, department meetings and activities.
· Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
· Bachelors’ Degree in Occupational Therapy required.
· NYS licensure in Occupational therapy required.
· Graduate degree or equivalent preferred.
· One to Three years of relevant OT experience preferred
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
· Must be well organized with superior attention to detail and able to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
· Able to work with a great degree of independence and focus.
· Maintains professional attitude when dealing with outside vendors.
· Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Physical demands: While performing duties on this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk, or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
· Work Environment: While performing duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise in the work environment is usually minimal.
AAP/EEO Statement: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
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