I) Job Purpose
Provides occupational therapy to developmentally delayed infants, toddlers and their families as identified in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Ensures that all children ages 0 to 3 years are served in a timely and appropriate manner in keeping with procedural safeguards, rights and needs. This position fully embraces the mission and 7 key principles for providing early intervention services in the natural environment.
II) Essential Functions
- Participates in the eligibility determination, assessment and evaluation process for infants and toddlers referred with fine or gross motor, adaptive, sensory, vision, feeding or cognitive concerns.
- Participates in IFSP meetings for children demonstrating motor needs by sharing evaluation/assessment information and assisting with the development of the IFSP.
- Provides routine-based occupational therapy in the natural environment using a coaching model and collaborative documentation.
- Communicates and collaborates on an ongoing basis with service coordinators, parents and IFSP team members and, with parental consent, communicates with medical, educational, and social entities, for the purpose of establishing and reviewing therapeutic needs.
- Manages individual caseload in a manner that ensures that all children in the program receive quality services for their identified occupational therapy needs, in a timely manner.
- Maintains and submits all required documentation daily.
- Meets performance expectations (see addendum).
- Participates in project groups, committees, child find activities and interagency program planning as requested by the Chief of ECI.
- May serve as Service Coordinator for infants and toddlers with occupational therapy needs.
- May organize and facilitate (inclusive) community groups, activities and opportunities for children with occupational therapy and/or motor needs.
- May serve as the Program Lead for OT’s.
- May serve as the Division Lead for OT’s.
- May provide training to ECI staff and the community.
- May supervise OT Assistant(s).
- May supervise student intern(s).
- May participate in required supervision, meetings and trainings.
- Must maintain professional licensure and complete required continuing education contact hours each year as mandated by license.
- Must be able to work within a modified trans-disciplinary approach/setting.
- Must demonstrate flexibility with work, attitude and communication with ECI staff and families.
- Must have the ability to learn and implement early intervention strategies and techniques.
- Must demonstrate emotional control, good judgement and safe practices when under stress.
- Must demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
III) Knowledge of Laws, Policies/Procedures, Skills, Education and Abilities
- Knowledge of typical (normal) birth to age three growth and development.
- Knowledge about developmental delays in children birth to three years.
- Knowledge about disordered and atypical development in children birth to three years.
- Knowledge of medical diagnoses and conditions and their impact or potential impact on birth to three growth and development, especially related to fine or gross motor, adaptive, sensory, vision, feeding or cognitive concerns.
- Knowledge, skills and ability to work effectively with families/adults from various cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, cognitive, social-emotional and educational statuses.
- Knowledge of community resources available to assist families with financial, educational, medical, social and developmental needs.
- Knowledge of infant-toddler evaluation and assessment protocols, curriculums, methodologies, therapeutic strategies, techniques and monitoring/measuring progress; especially related to fine and gross motor, adaptive equipment, cognitive, sensory, neurological, orthopedic, feeding and vision.
- Comprehension of the IFSP process.
- Ability and skills to communicate well both orally and in writing.
- Ability to strive to make effective working relationships with team members and families that are characterized by mutual support, open communication, trust and respect.
- Ability to problem solve with infrequent assistance from supervisor. Identify and use a rational approach for the situation. Communicate problems and decisions to the supervisor.
- Ability to discuss uncomfortable and potentially conflict producing topics, in a professional and effective manner, with families, community agencies and other ECI staff.
- MHMR of Tarrant County Operating procedures.
- ECI Policy and Procedures.
- Knowledge of Texas laws regarding reporting child abuse/neglect.
- OT licensing/registration requirements.
IV) Internal & External Customer Service
- This position requires extensive internal (team members, agency personnel) and external (doctors, ISD’s, day care providers, other agencies) contacts. The Occupational Therapist will accomplish this with above average written and oral skills.
- This position requires daily local travel in personal vehicle, often in difficult driving conditions and/or situations.
Bachelor’s degree with Occupational Therapist License in the state of Texas.
Licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Texas.
A valid Texas driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
Must provide license (if applicable) and official documentation of all educational attainment i.e. Transcript/Degree/Certificate.
Required Supervisory Experience
Pre-employment tests including drug and TB Screening, Physical Exam including balance and lift test.
As a Market Driven employee, you are eligible to participate in MHMR’s employee health benefits program per company policy on your date of hire. Your eligibility for benefits, including the 401(a) (including employer match) and tuition reimbursement will take place per company policy.
*MHMR of Tarrant County ("MHMR") and its affiliates and subsidiaries have an internal recruiting department. MHMR may supplement that internal capability from time to time with assistance from temporary staffing agencies, placement services, and professional recruiters herein after referred to collectively as ("Recruiters"). Recruiters are hereby specifically directed NOT to contact MHMR employees directly in an attempt to present candidates - MHMR recruiting team or other authorized MHMR personnel must present ALL candidates to hiring managers. For more information, please visit our website www.mhmrtc.org.