The Occupational Therapist provides direct therapy services to children. He/she assesses, plans and carries out individually designed programs of physical treatment appropriate to the child's health requirements and daily living environment and designed to help the child live, play, and work with optimum physical functioning. The Occupational Therapist uses and promotes a family-centred approach and mentors parents/caregivers in helpful strategies for the child. The Occupational Therapist is a dedicated and knowledgeable member of a comprehensive organization-wide support team. As such, when deemed qualified with appropriate skills and abilities, he/she may provide services to individuals in related programs, when required.
The Occupational Therapist is familiar with and participates in ensuring that the strategic goals of the agency are met. He/she oversees the Performance Outcomes for the Program to support their achievement.
- Knowledge of theory, principles and practices of early intervention, family-centred care and the community living sector.
- In depth knowledge of child development.
- Well developed and thorough diagnostic/assessment skills related to fine motor functioning and sensory processing.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver appropriate therapeutic interventions.
- Demonstrated ability to mentor family members, teachers, etc. in determined strategies.
- Understanding of the types and appropriate use of developmental and screening assessments; background and skill in conducting assessments and preparing reports.
- Knowledge of the broader medical, social, educational and behavioural aspects of disabling conditions and their impact on the child and family.
- Good organization, time and general management skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Proven ability to use personal computers and appropriate software effectively to complete the positions work on time. This includes, at a minimum, file management, e-mail, internet search, and word processing skills.
- Excellent interpersonal behaviour and communication skills.
- Knowledge of group presentation and demonstrated facilitation and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team of early development professionals.
- Excellent knowledge of community and provincial resources for families and children.
- A degree in occupational therapy or combined physical/occupational therapy
- One to three years previous clinical pediatric experience is required.
- Registration with the appropriate provincial licensing body is required.
Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $35.05 to $43.73 /hour