Title: Occupational Therapist - Contractor
Reports to: ECI Program Manager
FLSA Status: Professional OT Contractor
Summary: Provides occupational therapy. Provides case management services as necessary.
General descriptors of program:
- Trans-disciplinary team approach.
- Family-centered and routines based, including information, guidance and support of family decisions.
- Focus on the whole child.
- Inclusion and typical childhood environments.
Education: Graduate of a professionally recognized curriculum in Occupational Therapy with National Board Certification of Occupational Therapy
Preferred: Courses and practicums in pediatrics, family systems theory, neurodevelopmental therapy and sensory integration
License: Licensed by the Texas Advisory Board of Occupational Therapy
Current CPR and First Aid Certification
- Clear Criminal Records Check
- Valid Texas Drivers' License and Proof of Texas Minimum Automobile Insurance
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Performs motor, oral motor, sensory and feeding assessments, develops therapy treatment plans, implements treatment plans as defined in IFSP process; monitors and modifies treatments as necessary; obtains physician prescription needed for treatment. Plans visits appropriately. Uses appropriate techniques with children and families.
- Provides consultation and education to parents, caregivers, staff and other professionals regarding child’s therapy program in natural environments that include home and community based settings.
- Provides comprehensive case management as needed, including writing reports, maintaining files, following up with other professionals, identifying community resources for families, coordinating transition activities, and maintaining all required documentation for those clients for whom he/she is the service coordinator.
- Conducts intakes, screenings, evaluations/assessments and IFSPs appropriately and accurately; including informing families of procedural safeguards. Uses appropriate techniques with children and families. Educates staff and parents about occupational therapy needs of children.
- Documents direct service and other activities in a timely and accurate manner, adhering to 45 and 28-day timelines and including progress notes, reports, IFSPs, correspondence, service time and mileage, billing and continuing education.
- Attends team and staff meetings as scheduled.
- Participates in Public Outreach activities as requested. Promotes the agency overall in a professional manner and supports agency-wide functions.
- Maintains current knowledge in occupational therapy and continues to develop professional skills.
- If applicable: read, write, speak and provide intervention services in Spanish.
- Provides instructions/in-service to students and volunteers.
- Assists with special projects or reports as required.
- Provides own transportation
Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following:
- Demonstrates high ethical standards, trustworthiness, and personal integrity.
- Interacts and communicates (both verbally and in writing) effectively with referral sources, families, and co-workers. Practices active listening. Cooperates and develops effective working relationships. Supports and promotes team work and unity within the agency.
- Identifies and analyzes problems; exercises sound judgment.
- Proficiency with laptop computer and current technology.
- Demonstrates regularity, dependability and promptness in attendance.
- Initiates activities and strategies toward job duties and professional goals, including growth as a supervisor. Is a self-starter and resourceful.
- Manages work effectively and in a timely manner. Maintains an appropriate caseload.
- Accepts coaching and constructive criticism. Participates in reflective supervision on a regular basis.
- Leads co-workers in areas of expertise and strengths. Motivates co-workers toward common goals.
- Ability to use common office equipment including laptop and smartphone as well as ability to use various therapy equipment
Environmental Factors: Variable. Office is climate controlled, but individual may be in a variety of childcare environments and family homes in the community periodically. LaunchAbility is a smoke-free environment.
Physical Requirements: Work requires moderate to heavy physical exertion, including pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying up to 30 pounds, kneeling, stooping, sitting on floor, rising from sitting or kneeling, reaching, sitting, walking, standing. Also requires finger dexterity and good vision.
Safety factors: This professional will make visits in the community, sometimes to homes or apartments in areas unknown to staff, in all socio-economic levels and to families that the staff member has only talked to on the telephone. Homes may include pets and staff may be required to use stairs to access homes. Safety issues are discussed at time of employment and reviewed as needed. Accessibility cannot be ensured when making home visits. The ECI program serves Collin, Dallas, Denton and Wise counties, therefore involving travel in a car. ECI policies include the implementation of Universal Health Precautions (including infection control and blood borne pathogens) by all staff.
This job description is a record of major aspects of the job, but is not all-inclusive. Additional responsibilities may be assigned as deemed necessary.
To help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their maximum potential and lead fulfilling lives within our community.
Our name is new, but we have served the community for nearly 50 years, enabling clients to become more self-sufficient.
We invite you to join us as we launch into a new era of inspiring hope, confidence, and independence for adults and children with disabilities.