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Occupational Therapist - Community Services

Job ID 4749288 Date posted 05/18/2017

Matheny Medical and Educational Center, a unique special hospital and school for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities, is seeking a:

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST – COMMUNITY SERVICES

Per Diem

Responsibilities include:

  • Provides assessment services for students who require the specialized services of an Occupational Therapist.
  • Provides support services that address specific concerns of educators, administrators, and child study team consultants relative to Occupational Therapy in the school setting.
  • Provides therapy on an individual and/or group basis to students previously identified through assessment as requiring direct intervention within the educational environment.
  • Provides the Occupational Therapy goals and objectives to be addressed during the school year to the Child Study Team.
  • Provides Progress Reports for each student receiving therapy.
  • Provides present levels of academic achievement and functional performance, and goals, objectives and strategies for initial evaluation and re-assessment, and/or annual reviews.
  • Completes all required documentation in a timely and professional manner.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and can appropriately prescribe aides for daily living.
  • Assumes other responsibilities as deemed necessary and appropriate by the administration.
  • Maintains New Jersey Department of Education certification and NBCOT-OTR.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of departmental technology appropriate for each patient for evaluation including PWC, EADL, AAC and computers.
  • Participates in the development and improvement of opportunities for disabled students by providing individual or group in-service experiences for staff and parents.
  • Maintains professional competence through in-service education and other professional growth activities (e.g. continuing education unit requirement)
  • Communicates effectively with Director of Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Services and/or designee.
  • Communicates effectively with patients, families and caregivers, treatment team members, and outside agencies in oral written formats, both formally and informally.
  • Works and communicates with treatment team members by sharing results of evaluations and therapeutic outcomes regarding program goals and objectives.

    To qualify:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited college or university is required.
  • New Jersey Occupational Therapist license required.
  • New Jersey Department of Education School Occupational Therapist Certification required.
  • American Occupational Therapy Association Registration (AOTA) preferred.
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) – OTR required.

    EOE M/F/D/V

    To apply please send your resume to jobs@matheny.org

  • Occupational Therapy is a health and rehabilitation therapy that helps people regain, develop and build skills that are important for independent functioning health and well-being. At Matheny, occupational therapists are part of a collaborative team of educators, instructors, other therapists, physicians, nurses and parents. We help develop adaptive skills and assist in improving performance capacity in individuals whose ability to perform life skills is impaired. Our OTs are not only involved with various research and educational opportunities to further learning, but many of our therapists have advanced training in the area of Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and Sensor Integration (SIPT). In addition, the occupational therapy department provides consultation to students’ families in order to ensure programmatic carryover, safety and optimal functioning within the individual’s habilitative program.

    It takes special people to care for those with special needs.

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    While the great majority of Matheny patients have cerebral palsy as their primary diagnoses, Matheny also has patients with spina bifida, Lesch-Nyhan Disease (LND) and a wide range of uncommon conditions including Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Cornelia De Lange syndrome, Wolf-Hirshorn syndrome and 4Q Deletion syndrome. Lesch-Nyhan Disease is a rare x-linked recessive disorder associated with cognitive impairment, high levels of uric acid in the blood, kidney involvement and the hallmark symptom -- severe and involuntary self-injurious behaviors. Matheny is recognized as the leading source of information on care issues regarding LND.

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