Easterseals Academy is an ISBE approved therapeutic day school that serves students with the eligibilities of Autism, Intellectual Disability, Emotional Disability, and Developmental Delay. Easterseals Academy empowers each student to achieve peak academic performance, increase social and vocational skills, develop an effective means of communication and foster the acquisition of functional life skills for independence in the community. We maintain a high teacher-student ratio and each student has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). We offer integrated therapies and instruction is centered on evidence-based practices.
The primary responsibility of the occupational therapist is to deliver occupational therapy services as mandated on student IEP’s in accordance with Illinois State Board of Education’s requirements.
Adhere to all mandated reporter guidelines.
Develop in collaboration with team members, appropriate IEP goals based on formal and informal assessment results and place in back of the student main file at least one day prior to annual review.
Submit quarterly progress reports to clinical coordinator in timely manner for distribution to parents/guardians via classroom teacher.
Update quarterly benchmarks related to IEP goals at designated times.
Conduct comprehensive evaluation for students and provide professionally written reports as part of FIE process (3-year review).
In collaboration with the classroom team, arrange for and perform activities, materials, and prompting hierarchies that relate to IEP goals throughout the school year.
Provide and document direct/consult therapy minutes as required on each students IEP on caseload throughout the school year.
Participate in all scheduled medical reviews on caseload throughout the school year.
Prior to providing services, obtain O.T. prescription for each student on caseload and place in appropriate section of student main file.
Interact with the School Administrator/Program Coordinator/Clinical Coordinator and classroom staff regarding recommendations throughout the school year.
Participate in all classroom team meetings on caseload throughout the school year.
Participate in at least 2 outside trainings per school year directly related to serving students with special needs, particularly those diagnosed with autism.
Participate in all scheduled in-house trainings throughout the school year.
Participate in all scheduled clinical meetings throughout the school year.
Assist classrooms during extracurricular activities and field trips as needed throughout the school year.
Complete required in-house and district-mandated documentation and/or billing requirements.
Complete progress/contact notes on appropriate form and maintain in specified location throughout the school year.
Participate in IEP/FIE meetings as needed throughout the school year.
Provide 2-3 in-services, either individually or in conjunction with another clinical area, for entire staff throughout the school year.
Establish and maintain a consistent form of communication with the parents/guardians of students as needed on caseload throughout the school year.
Provide support, resources, and recommendations for all classrooms on caseload as needed throughout the school year.
Provide supervision to interns as needed throughout the school year.
All other duties as assigned.
Educational Experience Required:
Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and Illinois State license.
Experience working with special needs population.
New graduates are welcome to apply
Completion of required clinical hours for degree/license.
Ability to perform all functions necessary to obtain certification in Crisis Management Protocol.
Ability to multi-task in a high stress environment.
Ability to interact with diverse personalities.
Ability to participate in all Department of Human Services training requirements.
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary , i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.
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