Occupational Therapist

Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. Lisle, IL
  • Depends on experience
  • Full Time
  • Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401K / Retirement, Employee Discounts
  • Employer Likely to Respond

 Core Job Description Under general supervision, the Occupational Therapist provide comprehensive occupational therapy services for the students with autism spectrum disorders and functions as a member of the educational and therapeutic team

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide treatment, including program planning, consultation and education to the student and family in collaboration with an OTR/L
  • Liaison with team members, parents, district professionals, and others involved in the education/treatment of the student
  • Comply with professional code of ethics and school policies
  • Maintain professional documentation including session notes and quarterly reports
  • Maintain IEP goals and reports and three year re-evaluations in collaboration with the OTR/L
  • Maintain student files including appropriate documentation and student attendance to sessions
  • Participate in direct supervision of students and assistance with activities of daily living as needed
  • Participate in team meetings and professional development sessions
  • Consult and collaborate with classroom teachers, therapists, and in inclusion settings
  • Plan and provide professional development sessions for all staff
  • Work with Program Assistants to model strategies, discuss student progress, and assess student needs
  • Supervise clinical students from university programs as needed
  • Adhere to company policies and procedures
  • Complete any other essential duties that may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Ability to effectively communicate assessment results, evaluations, and proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by team members, the district, and parents
  • Knowledge of autism spectrum disorders
  • Ability to treat students with autism spectrum disorders
  • Familiarity with relevant diagnostic tools and procedures
  • Knowledge of relevant occupational therapy treatment strategies and protocols
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and infection control standards
  • Knowledge of the use and maintenance of facilities and equipment
  • Knowledge of sensory and behavioral strategies
  • Knowledge of child development theory
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements
  • Ability to use computers (word processing software, therapeutic/educational software)
  • Knowledge of relevant equipment for occupational therapy
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills

Annual Performance Review

  • Participate in the Annual Review process in May of each calendar year

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in occupational therapy; appropriate certification in occupational therapy; state licensure required

Conditions of Employment

  • Pre-employment physical, drug screening, and criminal background check
  • Possesses appropriate professional credentials

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • We are committed to providing a drug, alcohol and smoke-free environment
  • Work is typically performed indoors in the school facility and offsite at participating school districts, visits to inclusion schools, field trips, or travel to off-site meetings
  • Moderate physical movement is required for the job
  • Moderate exposure to physical risk is anticipated
  • The noise level in this work environment varies from quiet to very loud.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continually required to stand, walk, sit, run, squat, kneel, crawl, climb, balance, crouch, talk, hear, smell and see. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50+ pounds. 

Giant Steps Illinois, Inc provides a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, to all full-time employees who work a minimum of 30 hours/week.

Job Description Disclaimer
This disclaimer is to acknowledge that it is highly probable that as an employee of Giant Steps Illinois, Inc, you are at risk of personal injury.  Injuries may include, but are not limited to, hitting, biting, kicking, scratching, and having hair pulled by students.  The extent of some injuries may result in a break in the skin.  All injuries must be documented according to the policies and procedures, outlined in our Employee Handbook.  Often, students are placed in this setting as a result of physical aggression or acting out behavior that may prohibit them from participating in a typical school environment.  Our setting of a private therapeutic day school allows for this atypical behavior.  All employees are required to show proof of a Hepatitis B vaccination upon hire.

Giant Steps has the ability to review and change the job description when necessary.

Giant Steps conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis including: veteran status, disability, religion, race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or FMLA related medical condition, height, weight, familial status, marital status and genetic information.

Giant Steps is a therapeutic day school serving individuals with autism, along with an adult day program.

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