School Occupational Therapist

Oxnard School District • Oxnard, CA 93030

Posted 2 weeks ago

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Under the direction of the Manager of Special Education, provides educationally related occupational therapy services to students with various disabilities according to the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The Occupational Therapist participates as a member of the education team, provides assessments and develops written reports; identifies students' abilities within the educational or developmental settings; develops goals and objectives for consideration in IEP meetings; develops individual and/or group occupational therapy intervention plans; maintains appropriate documentation of students' progress and related reports; and provides consultative services and support to teachers.

A School Occupational Therapist is expected to handle a variety of assignments that relate to individual students' specialized needs and related disabilities. They are expected to work independently with the students on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting. The Occupational Therapist has a broad scope of evaluative tasks in the development, planning and assessment of therapy programs.


Receives minimal supervision from the Manager of Special Education and the Director of Pupil services.

Examples of Duties: ESSENTIAL DUTIES

* Conducts assessments of students to determine eligibility for occupational therapy;

* Provides occupational therapy services to students;

* Maintains a safe and orderly treatment area;

* Reviews reports from health care providers requesting occupational therapy and coordinates occupational therapy services with students' health care providers;

* Collaborates with school nurses in the coordination of medical care protocols and acts as a resource to school personnel in interpreting occupational therapy services;

* Plans and develops therapeutic intervention goals that are educationally relevant and will be used in students' educational programs;

* Establishes a system of documentation that is professional, efficient and accountable and that conforms to state and individual agency policy;

* Communicates results of evaluations and reports of occupational therapy services to the educational staff, parents, students and other professionals and agencies concerned with the students;

* Assesses students physical abilities in an educational environment by gathering data in such areas as oral motor skills, sensory integration, motor planning, developmental function, self care, fine motor function, work behavior, endurance and postural tone;

* Prepares detailed records and reports concerning student progress and daily activities collaborates with parents regarding plans for occupational therapy services, including planning for therapy in the least restrictive environment;

* Provides reports for use in Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) committees, attends IEP and IFSP meetings as necessary and maintains progress notes on student records;

* Demonstrates appropriate activities for students to program staff;

* Provides consultation to the educational system regarding student needs, professional needs and system needs in order for the system to achieve its goals and objectives;

* Provides reassessments of students focusing on areas of need at intervals determined to be educationally relevant;

* Trains and serves as a consultant to program staff in areas such as sensory motor, sensory stimulation and body awareness, fine motor and gross motor skills and other areas within the therapist's area of expertise.

Other Related Duties

* Performs administrative tasks and activities related to the CEA medical and the MAA claiming process;

* Recommends, designs and creates adaptive equipment;

* Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge of:

* Child development, neuromuscular function/dysfunction, sensory motor integration, kinesiology, skeletal anatomy and basic pathology related to orthopedic disabilities;

* Individual and group occupational therapy techniques commonly used for students with special needs;

* Educational and medical applications of adaptive equipment;

* Generally accepted standards of health and sanitation;

* Policies and objectives of assigned programs and activities;

* Case management principles;

* Record keeping practices and procedures;

* Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy;

* First Aid and CPR procedures.

Ability to:

* Develop, plan and implement an occupational therapy program for students with various disabilities;

* Assess individual students and develop appropriate intervention which includes goals/objectives of IEP team;

* Explain and provide training on occupational therapy and rehabilitative procedures;

* Provide consultation for classroom and home management of motor, sensory, perceptual and self-care programs;

* Establish and maintain effective working relationships;

* Plan and organize work;

* Work effectively within established time schedules and with minimal direction;

* Work independently with little direction;

* Operate a variety of office equipment including computers and all applicable hardware and software, copiers, printers, scanners, telephones, and fax machines;

* Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;

* Understand and follow both oral and written instructions;

* Maintain accurate records and prepare reports;

* Work confidentially with discretion.


* Appreciates and respects the differences among people;

* Easily adapts to situations and changes;

* Effectively manages one's own time, priorities, and resources;

* Enables the growth of others;

* Is punctual and follows through;

* Stays focused and has a good work ethic;

* Strives to meet customer's needs;

* Works around obstacles and is self-starting.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Employees in this classification work in both an indoor and outdoor school work environment, with frequent interruptions, with changing priorities and short deadlines, and drive an automobile to conduct work.

APPOINTMENT: In accordance with Education Code Section 45301, an employee appointed to this class must serve a probationary period of six (6) months during which time an employee must demonstrate at least an overall satisfactory performance in order to attain permanent status in the classified service.

Salary Range: 32.0

Employment Standards:Education: Graduation from an occupational therapy curriculum accredited jointly by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Experience: Experience working with students with a variety of disabilities in an educational setting is desirable.

Special: Possession of Board Certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Possession of a valid license to operate as a Certified Occupational Therapist issued by the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT).

Possession of a valid First Aid Certificate, comparable to the American Red Cross Standard First Aid Certificat


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