Occupational Therapy Openings
Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Contract/PRN
Wednesday, Jul 22 2020
Easterseals North Texas
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Easterseals North Texas' mission is to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people's lives every day.
Easterseals North Texas helps more than 4,500 individuals every year become more independent. Our therapists, job coaches, and other professionals make profound differences every day in the way people live, learn, work, and play. As a part of the community since 1939, we deliver high-quality, customized care to our neighbors.
The Pediatric Occupational Therapist functions as an integral member of the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team, providing outpatient evaluation, treatment and consultation services to children and adults and their families. The Occupational Therapist focuses evaluation and treatment primarily on fine motor and self-help skills along with activities of daily living; visual/perceptual skills and sensory integration; as well as upper body strength and upper extremity function.
The Pediatric Occupational Therapist develops treatment plans that:
- improve function and enhance activities of daily life;
- focus on the individual’s and the family’s stated needs;
- are individualized to address each client’s unique needs, overcoming acknowledged weaknesses by identifying and using their strengths;
- involve the client’s natural support system of family and friends to ensure generalization of skills learned in therapy sessions; and
- require consistent practice and repetition between therapy sessions to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the treatment plan.
Although it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of all types of duties, responsibilities and performance standards, the following are essential job functions:
- Be at work on time and ready to start work.
- Regular attendance required during regular business hours; is subject to supervision during working hours; requires interactions with coworkers and supervisors.
- Participates in Easterseals North Texas meetings as required and appropriate.
- Knows and abides by Easterseals North Texas policies and procedures.
- Promotes a unified, team-oriented atmosphere in all communications and actions.
- Is professional in appearance and demeanor.
- Contributes to providing quality care for clients of Easterseals North Texas in whatever capacity is required in accordance with skills and training.
- Maintains awareness of trends and best practices.
- Evaluates clients referred for occupational therapy services using established evaluation procedures and standardized assessments.
- Develops short- and long-term treatment goals, plans objectives (Plan of Care) based upon the initial evaluation and program requirements, and updates Plans of Care in accordance with standards.
- Coaches family members and/or client in strategies and opportunities for incorporating new skills or techniques into normal routines and activities at home and other natural environments such as school or childcare center, church, a play group or relative’s home, etc.
- Instructs client and family members in the proper and safe use of adaptive equipment and assistive technology.
- Assists in coordinating services and makes appropriate referrals as needed.
- Records client testing results, treatments, responses, and progress on designated forms.
- Completes all evaluations, treatment progress notes, and discharge summaries and all other required records and paperwork in a timely manner according to stated policy.
- Develops and maintains all client progress reports and documentation, in compliance with Easterseals policy and procedure and all other applicable standards, requirements, laws, rule and regulations.
- Reviews client charts and documents the review according to Easterseals North Texas policy and procedure for quality assurance on a biannual basis.
- Attends Plan of Care review meetings as required.
- Ensures client and family confidentiality by complying with Easterseals North Texas policy and procedure, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act) requirements, and any other privacy requirements as may be specified by referral sources, funders or other licensing and regulatory entities.
- Ensures the safety and security of clients, staff, volunteers and visitors by knowing and following all safety procedures as required by Easterseals North Texas policy and procedure and any other referral sources, funders or other licensing and regulatory entities, and understands the consequences of non-compliance.
- Provides exceptional customer service, both internally and externally.
- Maintains an effective and professional working relationship with consumers and their families/care providers, co-workers and referral sources.
- Works and communicates as a member of a treatment team.
EDUCATION: BACHELOR'S DEGREE
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION: Registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Licensed as an occupational therapist in the state of Texas
REQUIRED MAJOR OR EMPHASIS IN: Occupational therapy
WORK EXPERIENCE: Two or more years in related setting preferred.
KNOWLEDGE: Working knowledge of Microsoft operating systems.
SKILLS/ABILITIES: Ability to work in collaborative setting with multiple providers (Physical Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts) required.
PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS: Transfer, lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds; walk, bend, squat, reach, crawl, and kneel; move mats and other equipment.
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening.
- Current driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance if travel in the North Texas area is required.
- Must show proof of certification and license to practice occupational therapy.
- Certified, by an approved provider, in CPR and Basic First Aid
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