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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST I
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for conducting an occupational therapy program for the treatment of pupils with physical and/or motor disabilities in a school district. This is a professional position involving responsibility for pupil evaluation, development of treatment plans, and providing occupational therapy treatment in accordance with written prescription or referral from a physician who provides medical direction, as well as direction from professional school staff. May supervise Occupational Therapy Assistants as assigned. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Instructs pupils in handicrafts, educational or hobby interests planned and administered for diversion, concentration, and improvement of vocational aptitudes.
Supervises and administers special exercises to improve pupilsí physical disabilities with emphasis on preparation for vocational and educational experiences.
Observes pupils engaging in activities and provides strategies to facilitate the pupilís full participation.
Works with pupils to improve their performance in a variety of learning environments and to perform better by using adaptations/accommodations.
Consults with professional school staff as to capacity and needs of pupils.
Maintains supplies, materials and equipment; requisitions materials; makes recommendations for purchasing equipment.
Keeps accurate, correct records on aptitudes and progress of pupils.
Competes appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) documents for pupils receiving occupational therapy.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the principles, methods, materials and equipment used in occupational therapy.
Good knowledge of materials and equipment required for progressive therapy programs.
Ability to apply principles and practices of occupational therapy.
Ability to plan, direct and lay out activities adapted to pupilsí specific disabilities.
Ability to keep accurate, correct records.
Patience and understanding.
Licensed* and currently registered by the New York State Education Department as an Occupational Therapist.
* Limited permit - although not eligible for permanent appointment, candidates in possession of limited permits issued by the New York State Education Department may be employed on a temporary basis under conditions specified by the New York State Education Department.