Pasadena Unified School District - Pasadena, CA

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Under the general direction of the Executive Director of Special Education or designee, provides educationally related physical therapy services to students, aged 3 to 22 years, with various disabilities according to students’ Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Physical Therapist participates as a member of the educational team; provides assessment, consultation, and direct physical therapy to students within educational, developmental, and functional parameters; and develops and implements physical therapy intervention plans.


Experience: One year of experience performing duties as a registeredphysical therapist. Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of physical therapy, or equivalent. Special License or Language Skills: Possession of a current valid Physical Therapist License issued by the State of California; or must be eligible to apply for and obtain a valid California Physical Therapist License within the probationary period. Once obtained, a current valid California Physical Therapist License is a condition to continued employment. Must possess current cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aide certificates from approved training program. A valid Class C California Driver's License and use of a private automobile may be required for some positions that require driving. For positions that drive, evidence of insurability at standard rates must be submitted in the form of a DMV printout.

Essential duties and responsibilities of this class include but are not limited to:
Provides direct physical therapy treatment to qualifying students
Evaluates student’s performance in a variety of areas including fine motor tasks, oral dysfunction, sensory impairments, perceptual motor skills, posture, and movement
Plans and administers physical therapy assessments that will include evaluation functional access of school contexts, grading muscle power, evaluating range of motion, sensation, and developmental levels.
Instructs teachers and classroom personnel in positioning and handling techniques
Maintains accurate records as required by law, Board policies, administrative regulations including for MAA/LEA billing
Develops and reviews student goals and objectives in accordance with the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Examines student medical histories, prepares case histories, reports and service plans
Requests, recommends and/or orders specialized equipment for students as needed in order for them to access their campus environment
Attends meetings and conferences
Performs other related duties as assigned

Knowledge of: • Principles, techniques, strategies, objectives and methods of physical therapy • Testing and evaluating developmental, muscular and neural function and dysfunction • Skeletal anatomy, kinesiology and basic pathology of individuals with physical disabilities • Basic construction, use and care of orthopedic appliances and equipment • Social service and youth service agencies in the local area; problems, needs and attitudes of individuals with physical disabilities and their families • Evaluation and research techniques, strategies, and procedures; applicable treatment modalities and theory • Curriculum and instruction programs beneficial to pupils with special learning needs • Applicable sections of the State Educational Code, Board and District policies, procedures and regulations regarding health service programs and public special education • Current instructional standards, curriculum and instructional delivery. Ability to:
Provide consultation and direct services to school district staff and families
Collect and analyze work independently with little direction
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Work effectively in the absence of supervision
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
Work in a diverse socio-economic and multicultural community
Maintain consistent, punctual and regular attendance
Train and provide input to the performance of assigned staff
Interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures
Operate a computer and job-related equipment; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
Meet schedules and time lines
Plan and organize work
Organize and coordinate schedules
Analyze and interpret data
Problem solve
Communicate with the public
Read, analyze and interpret printed matter and computer screen
Create written communication so others will be able to clearly understand the written communication
Physically demonstrate and model the physical stamina and skills necessary for selected activities.