Occupational Therapist
Chesapeake Public Schools - Chesapeake, VA

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Position Title: Occupational Therapist

Availability: August 26, 2013

Closing Date: When Filled

GENERAL DEFINITION AND CONDITIONS OF WORK:
Performs difficult professional work identifying and treating at risk students in order to minimize the impact of their limitations on their educational and life pursuits; does related work as required. Work is performed under general supervision.

This is medium work requiring the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, and feeling; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at or within arms length, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; The worker may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS:
Evaluating special needs of students, designing and implementing appropriate therapies; preparing and maintaining appropriate records;
Consults with classroom teachers, parents and school personnel regarding special needs students;
Evaluates children's needs, identifying those requiring therapy services;
Prepares IEPs, schedules and coordinates services and staff;
Chooses activities to develop any of the following skills: gross motor, fine motor, perceptual, visual motor, sensory system integration, positioning, feeding, range of motion, muscle tone, daily living, etc.;
Coordinates students' programs to maximize learning;
Assists with modification of school tasks to accommodate the needs of students;
Provides direct student instruction as needed;
Reviews IEPs, evaluation, assessment and progress reports;
Maintains specified records on each student referred, evaluated and/or recommended for on-going treatment;
Orders appropriate equipment for school treatment areas;
Performs related tasks as required;

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of specialty area; thorough knowledge of the principles and methodology of providing effective therapy for special needs students; thorough knowledge of school division rules, regulations and procedures; ability to establish and maintain standards of behavior; ability to deliver articulate oral presentations and written reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, students and parents.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors degree in occupational therapy and considerable experience as an occupational therapist.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Possession of or ability to acquire appropriate license(s), certificate(s), and/or endorsement(s) for position as required by the Commonwealth of Virginia and School Board.

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