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Occupational Therapist (Temporary) Job – Education Center

The Watson Institute is hiring a temporary Occupational Therapist to work with students with special needs at the Education Center South, a Watson Institute special education school for children with special needs ages 3 to 21.

This position will be needed from August 2023 through February 2024.

This position is for the 2023-2024 School Year but interviews and hiring are underway now!

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Employment Type: Temporary

Job Responsibilities: 

  • This role will work from the start of the 23-24 school year through February 2024
  • Plan/conduct assessments of students; interpret data; develop IEPs; plan and adapt treatment
  • Establish rules of conduct, motivate students, manage treatment, and follow through on classroom management plans and positive behavior support plans
  • Establish purpose; present information; monitor and adjust treatment as needed; maintain appropriate pace
  • Ability to relate to students and parents; use effective interpersonal skills; participate effectively as a transdisciplinary team member; work cooperatively with others; communicate effectively with team members (staff, district, and parents)
  • Engage in professional development activities
  • Strong focus on adaptations, scaffolding and providing facilitation to enhance learning of oral motor and fine motor skills, visual perceptual, activities of daily living skills, assistive technology, and motor planning skills
  • Knowledge of evaluation assessments and interventions of Sensory Processing skills, as well as movement and handling techniques
  • Documentation skills for IEPs, RRs, Letters of Medical Necessity, as well as treatment sessions, and communication with parents and outside agencies
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements: 

  • Master’s degree in occupational therapy
  • Current PA Occupational Therapist License
  • Experience in a school setting preferred
  • Supervise students during emergency drills, classroom activities; the ability to keep up with running children and/or to lift, position, or assist with lifting students is essential to perform this task
  • The essential functions of the job described herein require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, and brisk walking, and which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and material of moderate weight (40 pounds)
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others
  • Current Acts 34, 114, and 151 clearances required