Occupational Therapist...

Reports To: Paula Jolley, Director of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
FLSA Status: Exempt
Months: 12
Salary: Contingent upon ESC Salary Schedule

Mission: Education Service Center Region 15 is dedicated to excellence in education through leadership, partnership, and service.

Primary Purpose:   As a service organization, Education Service Center Region 15’s primary commitment is to provide superior support to every Local Education Agency (LEA) stakeholder served.  Our people are our greatest asset.  We are driven to explore exemplary methods to meet all internal and external expectations while supporting a high performance culture that emphasizes excellence, quality, productivity, and standards.   Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is committed to providing the highest quality of service delivery, within natural environments, to the families we serve.  As an Occupational Therapist, your position will provide services and support to family members and caregiver’s, who have a child between the ages of birth to three, with a developmental delay or disability.  Services will be provided where the child lives, learns and plays. You will provide case management activities to help an eligible child and his/her family gain access to needed medical, social, educational and developmental services.

Essential Functions:  
  • Content Knowledge and Understanding: Exhibit full understanding specific to the position to provide awareness of the foundational knowledge and skills that are necessary for quality service coordination in early intervention. Stay current and up-to-date on the most effective practices, skills and strategies that enhance knowledge of infant and toddler development including factors that contribute to development such as family context, relationships, culture, socio-economic considerations, environment, and experiences to inform intervention decisions, child development and learning within natural environments.
  • Partnership, Support and Coaching: Design, deliver and facilitate content-specific instruction that will support development and learning through the following:
    1. Provide instruction building a shared understanding of skills, practices, or systems and include opportunities for practice.
    2. Promote engagement and family capacity-building to address their priorities and concerns, by supporting them to identify opportunities to achieve goals for their family and child’s development and learning.
    3. One-on-one coaching sessions that identify client successes and develop their capacity to improve high-leverage areas of growth.
  • Culture & Growth: Contribute to maintaining and improving the culture of the ESC through customer service, respect for confidentiality, displaying self-initiative, and modeling a growth mindset through self-reflection and feedback reception.
Major Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Represent one of two required disciplines for evaluations, assessments and IFSP development, completing reports as appropriate. 
  • Participate in Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings as a member of the interdisciplinary team assisting in the development of the plan for each child and family. 
  • Conduct evaluations and provide therapy to enrolled children following outcomes which are written in the IFSP. 
  • Provide assessments in all required developmental areas and identified areas of concern.
  • Provide more in-depth gross motor, fine motor, adaptive and sensory processing evaluation and assessments.
  • Provides OT/PT treatment and intervention including adaptive equipment, parent instruction in positioning and handling, and developmental intervention.
  • Provide a minimum of 15 evaluations and minimum 35 hours of direct services each month. 
  • Deliver all services for which you are responsible, as identified in each child’s IFSP; follow local procedures for making up missed visits and following up with families with frequent absences.
  • Provide staff development training and modeling for instructional and support staff in current and effective strategies and methodologies for serving infants/toddlers and their families.
  • Maintain all documentation in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Provide supervision of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), including review of COTA's Promedda documentation.
  • Participate in Child Find activities.
  • Complete required ECI trainings including First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, Confidentiality and any others required by ECI Policy.
  • Demonstrate courteous, supportive behaviors when communicating and working with parents, community personnel, and staff.
  • Demonstrate flexibility while working harmoniously in team settings and with other staff.
  • Maintain current Texas driver’s license and auto insurance and travel to provide home or community based services and to attend professional growth activities and staff meetings.
  • Attend professional growth activities and staff meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the ECI Director or Executive Director.
Degree as required for Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) Licensure
Valid Texas License to practice Occupational Therapy

Special Knowledge/Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of current educational best practices related to infants/toddlers and families
  • Knowledge of early childhood assessment tools and procedures, with in-depth knowledge in motor development and sensory processing
  • Knowledge of theory and practice of pediatric occupational therapy
  • Knowledge and ability to support the parent/child relationship and facilitate parent involvement
  • Knowledge of family dynamics and systems and how it impacts child development and knowledge and ability to provide resources to the family
  • Knowledge of assessment, instructional methodologies, intervention strategies, and assistive technology, associated with providing services with children with motor impairment
  • Knowledge parent support activities design
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures including Individuals with Disabilities Education ACT (IDEA)
  • Skills in planning, evaluating and modifying playgroup activities to create an inclusive learning environment
More Information:
Paula Jolley, Director ECI