POSITION TITLE: Occupational Therapist
REPORTS TO: Site Director
The therapist works as a part of a team of colleagues to evaluate and provide treatment services to children.? The therapist, a member of the IFSP/IEP team, evaluates and provides services to eligible children birth through 5 and ensures that services meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 as set forth in the Maine Department of Education Regulation Chapter 101.
- Ensures that the therapist?s role within Child Find process is explained to parents.
- Ensures that intake information is elaborated upon and elicits additional information from parents.
- Ensures that parents receive answers to their questions.
- Ensures that parents receive accurate information in a timely manner.
- Specific to the occupational therapy domain, ensures that parents receive accurate explanations of the results of the child?s assessment.
EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT
- Establishes rapport with children served.
- Conducts observations outside in the child?s natural environment or LRE setting, as ordered by the IFSP/IEP team.
- Gathers and reviews documentation specific to the child?s developmental history.
- Conducts interviews with parents to obtain information when specific to the child?s required developmental history and selects and administers assessment and other evaluation materials that are non-discriminatory as ordered by the IFSP/IEP team.
- Determines the child?s level of functioning and expresses that in a summary of evaluation results and diagnostic impressions in an evaluation report provided for the IFSP/IEP team.
RECORDKEEPING AND REPORT WRITING
- Ensures that the written evaluation that comports with Chapter 101 is completed in a timely manner.
- Contributes goals to the IFSP/IEP team and short term objectives where appropriate.
- Writes and maintains required reports for therapy to meet MaineCare and other regulatory requirements.
IFSP/IEP TEAM PARTICIPATION
- Ensures that evaluation findings are reported to the IFSP/IEP team.
- Assists the IFSP/IEP team with goal development based upon assessment results.
EARLY INTERVENTION OR SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REALTED SERVICES
- Provides occupational therapy services as specified by the IFSP/IEP.
- Communicates with CDS Case Managers and other providers through the course of a child?s IFSP/IEP.
BILLING DOCUMENTATION (INSURANCE AND MAINECARE)
- Requests prescriptions and authorizations for referrals as required by CDS.
- Ensures proper billing to third parties, in accordance with CDS practice.
- Provides invoices to CDS in accordance with Case-e requirements.
- Any other appropriate duties the Site Director deems necessary.
- State of Maine Occupational Therapist License
- Certificate of Clinical Competence
- Successful background, criminal records, fingerprinting and reference check
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
- Working knowledge of child development, disabilities, family systems, and special education methods
- Ability to interact with a wide variety of people
- Ability to provide individual and group services in a variety of settings and models
- Ability to establish an effective rapport/relationship with children and parents
- Ability to work collaboratively as a member of an early childhood team
- Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing
- Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations
- Ability to adapt therapy techniques to varying personalities and environments
- Ability to travel to a variety of locations to deliver services
- Ability to treat and motivate young children