Teacher of Children with Disabilities 0-5

POSITION TITLE: Teacher of Children with Disabilities 0-5

REPORTS TO: Site Director

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:

The Teacher of Disabilities 0-5 is a member of the IFSP/IEP team and provides services to children, birth to age 5 and ensures that services meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 and Maine?s Unified Special Education Regulations Chapter 101.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS:

TEACHING:

  • Engages the child in developmental and learning activities.
  • Provides instruction at the child?s developmental level.
  • Facilitates learning by engaging the child at the child?s level while understanding and seeing what interests the child, or utilizes direct teaching techniques, as appropriate.
  • Supports and facilitates the acquisition of new academic and social skills/knowledge and ensures quality delivery of the same.
  • Communicates to other team members all relevant information pertaining to the child?s learning environment, family events and other pertinent information that may affect the child?s learning.
  • Implements curriculum appropriate to the nature and needs of individual children.
  • Prepares or utilizes child appropriate activities in early intervention and special education environments.
  • Supervises Educational Technicians in programs.

 

PARENT COMMUNICATION:

  • Ensures that the parent receives accurate information in a timely manner.
  • Informs the parent of progress toward child outcomes as a member of IFSP/IEP teams.

EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT:

  • Conducts observations in the child?s natural environment or LRE setting, as appropriate.
  • Gathers and reviews documentation specific to the child?s developmental history.
  • Conducts interviews with the parent to obtain information specific to the child?s developmental history.
  • Determines the child?s level of functioning and expresses that in a summary of evaluation results and diagnostic impressions within evaluation reports provided to the IFSP/IEP team.

 

RECORDKEEPING AND REPORT WRITING:

  • Ensures that the evaluation findings are reported to the IFSP/IEP team.
  • 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.

 

IESP/IEP:

  • 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 RELATED SERVICES:

  • Provides Special Instruction as specified by the IFSP/IEP.
  • Communicates with CDS Case Managers and other providers through the course of the child?s IFSP/IEP.

 

BILLING DOCUMENTATION (INSURANCE AND MAINECARE):

  • Completes billing documents to ensure proper billing to third parties and Case Managers in accordance with CDS practice.

 

OTHER:

  • Any other appropriate duties the Site Director/Supervisor deems necessary.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 282 (Teacher of Children with Disabilities) required
  • Successful background, criminal records, 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 parent
  • 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