Occupational Therapist – Temporary
Job ID 5066368 Date posted 07/07/2017
Matheny Medical and Educational Center
65 Highland Avenue
Peapack, NJ 07977
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 – Temporary
Conducts evaluations and assessments in accordance with department procedures including children and adults of varying age groups and disabilities.
Plans and develops goals and implements appropriate treatment plans for each client based on evaluation results and in coordination with the treating team and caregivers.
Delivers effective therapeutic services relevant to the population served and remains knowledgeable of current techniques.
Works and communicates with treatment team members by sharing results of evaluations and therapeutic outcomes regarding program goals and objectives.
Conducts home visits and demonstrates knowledge and integration of adaptations to promote accessibility and independence in the home environment.
Demonstrates knowledge of childhood development from infancy through adolescence and adulthood.
Demonstrates knowledge of and can appropriately prescribe aides for daily living.
Demonstrates knowledge of departmental technology appropriate for each patient for evaluation including PWC, EADL, AAC and computers.
Completes all required documentation in a timely and professional manner.
Works and communicates with treatment team members by sharing the results of evaluation
Supervises Level I and II students after completion of one year of experience.
Demonstrates ability to complete all necessary steps of the discharge process.
Actively attends and/or participates in departmental projects, performance improvement initiatives, program development, staff meetings, in-services, and professional growth opportunities.
Communicates effectively with patients, families and caregivers, treatment team members, and outside agencies in oral written formats, both formally and informally.
Demonstrates ability to conduct transdisciplinary pre-evaluation screening.
Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited college or university required.
Evidence of continuing educational experiences required.
New Jersey Occupational Therapist license required.
New Jersey Department of Education School Occupational Therapist Certification required.
Registered by the American Occupational Therapy Association Board (AOTA) required.
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) – OTR required.
Membership in AOTA preferred.
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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.
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.