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Occupational Therapist

Posted on Jul 15, 2021 by Sacramento County Office of Education

Sacramento, CA 94203
Health Care
Immediate Start
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Sacramento County Office of Education Job Description Classification Title: Physical/Occupational Therapist


Under direction of Administrator, serves as a member of a transdisciplinary team of the Infant Development Program (IDP) serving the needs of infants, toddlers, and their families; provides ongoing assessment, evaluation, service coordination, consultation, and direct student therapy services related to motor, adaptive, and sensory development and other identified developmental needs; plans programming needs and interventions for students; performs related duties as assigned.


Appropriate Administrator


None; however, may provide technical direction to other staff in the Infant Development Program.


(Any one position may not include all of the listed duties, nor do all of the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions within this classification.)

Student Therapy Services

Provides consultative therapy services, in collaboration with the student's family and/or care providers, and transdisciplinary team, working towards developmental outcomes in the areas of sensory, gross and fine motor, functional and adaptive skills; schedules, plans, and conducts home visits with families addressing specific student programming needs; continually observes and assesses developmental sta-tus to determine therapy needs within the student and family's routine and with regards to program con-straints: modifies therapy directed services as needed; recommends programming goals and strategies; conducts and demonstrates therapy activities with students; provides information and demonstrates strategies for positioning and handling options, environmental adaptions, and movement within the home and community; determines student's equipment needs; assists in acquiring adaptive equipment, orthot-ics, splints, and special adaptive toys, which can include preparing and providing statements for justifi-cation; demonstrates use of adaptive equipment to families and staff; advocates for student along with families from a physical/occupational therapist's perspective.

Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

As a member of the transdisciplinary team, conducts assessments and evaluations of the student's func-tional and development status, particularly in the areas of motor, sensory, and adaptive skills; identifies strengths and needs to determine program eligibility; assists in developing IFSP goals and desired stu-dent outcomes; conducts developmental assessments and evaluations of the student's motor, sensory and/or functional abilities and needs to determine program eligibility and services to be provided; at-tends and participates in individualized education program (IEP) and transition meetings with families, community agencies, school district, and other related staff to determine future educational placement; provides written and/or oral information related to the student's developmental levels, strengths and needs; reassesses student's needs and progress toward goals; contributes to full-team reports for IFSP review meetings.

Service Coordination

Coordinates services for a designated number of students within caseload with motor, adaptive, or sen-sory needs; acts as a lead resource to families and/or care providers, staff, and associated agencies regarding the developmental skills and programming needs for students; collaborates with medical and community agencies regarding services for students; initiates and coordinates IFSP meetings within timelines; recommends outside providers or withdrawal of services; creates and maintains student files; completes periodic assessments according to state and program guidelines; presents assessment in-formation to staff to determine team assignments; acts as an advocate for families with medical person-nel and community agencies as needed; works with child's family and IDP team members to transition services to school districts and other programs.


Maintains ongoing communication with families and/or care providers, staff, and related agencies to co-ordinate program and community services, and provide information; prepares detailed reports and sum-maries relating to IFSP meetings, assessments, home visits, intervention activities, consultations, pro-gram planning, transition to school districts, and other related information; maintains educational and medical record files for students; prepares letters, formal requests, and recommendations to medical personnel and other agencies for equipment needs, funding sources, and coordination of services; at-tends meetings; maintains and coordinates schedules for home visits, parent education groups, train-ings, and other meetings and appointments; creates home program handouts; shares information about student and family needs, and coordinates professional and community resources with other infant de-velopment staff and related organizations; maintains confidentiality.


Education, Training and Experience

Appropriate degree in occupational therapy or physical therapy from an accredited institution; posses-sion of appropriate occupational or physical therapist license/certification as determined by the State of California; any combination of training and experience in pediatric therapy which enhances the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities listed; experience working with infants and toddlers who have de-velopmental disabilities or delays is desirable.

Knowledge of

Early childhood typical and atypical intellectual, sensory, and gross and fine motor development; devel-opmental disabilities, diagnoses, and syndromes and their impact on functional performances, and ac-quisition of developmental milestones; coaching and service delivery models; current evidence-based practices and modalities in early intervention; motor and reflex development, and techniques to facilitate motor development in children with special needs; therapeutic and adaptive equipment and splinting; educational, medical, and community resources available to families with young children; standard soft-ware applications.

Skill and Ability to

Observe and assess motor development; identify areas of sensory-motor dysfunction; develop and conduct motor focused interventions using family and routine-based philosophies and strategies; re-search and resolve inquiries; maintain confidentiality of student records; utilize time management tech-niques to organize and prioritize work; remain flexible and adapt to changing program needs; modify work schedules based on therapy and case management services to meet the needs of students and staff; work independently and as a team member; work with children and families/care providers in a home environment; lift students as needed; use a computer to research topics related to therapy and to prepare comprehensive reports; keep accurate and organized case records; share technical knowledge and skills with others; maintain cultural awareness and sensitivity to work with different attitudes and life-styles; communicate effectively in oral and written form with infants and toddlers, families and/or care providers, staff, and other community agencies regarding technical information; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted during the course of work; navigate various geo-graphical regions; ability to lift, carry, and move various sized equipment and materials on and off the floor.

Other Characteristics

Possession of a valid California driver's license; willing to travel to different sites throughout Sacramento County according to program needs; willingness to be trained in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscita-tion.

Reference: 1256065677

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