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- Physical Therapist
Posted on: Tuesday 11/01/16
Under the general supervision of an administrator, to support the education of students with disabilities or physical impairments in their least restrictive environment by developing, implementing and coordinating a physical therapy program, and providing screening, evaluation and intervention services.
- Develops, implements and coordinates the physical therapy program within the school district, including philosophy, vision, procedures and goals.
- Evaluates the physical therapy needs of students, using appropriate tests, professional observations and supplementary information from other sources.
- Interprets assessment findings and conveys information to parents and school staff.
- Participates in the development of Individualized Education Programs.
- Develops and implements intervention strategies.
- Develops physical management and environmental modification plans for daily classroom activities and trains staff in its safe implementation.
- Plans for transition from school to community, preparing student to function independent from therapy service when targeted outcomes are achieved.
- Evaluates and reports on student's progress.
- Consults with school staff, parents, administrators, physicians, community and other professionals in order to gather and communicate information to meet the physical therapy needs of students.
- Serves as resource to parents, school staff and administration on the disabling conditions and their effects on education.
- Collaborates with community therapists and other healthcare providers for effective coordination of physical therapy services.
- Assesses the need for assistive technology and equipment and makes recommendations for its use at school to help students function as independently as possible.
- Assists with planning the safe transportation and emergency evacuation of students with disabilities or physical impairments.
- Provides consultation regarding the emergency evacuation of students with disability.
- Participates with improving school accessibility and planning environmental modification.
- Documents physical therapy services and maintains records in accordance with school district policies, as well as state and federal laws and regulations.
- Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research, and by maintaining professional relationships.
- Performs other related tasks as assigned by the administrator and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
- Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
- Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.
- Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of physical therapy principles, theory, methods and evidence based practice.
- Knowledge of effective practice, clinical decision-making, outcomes based intervention and their proper application in the educational environment.
- Knowledge of areas of practice specific to pediatrics, including child development and specific diagnoses.
- Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
- Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
- Knowledge of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Section 504, and other federal and state laws and regulations regarding education and students and physical therapy practice in schools.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Skill in selecting and providing a wide range of intervention strategies and monitoring their effectiveness.
- Effective computer skills as needed for work (e.g., ability to effective use Microsoft Office suite).
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
- Works in standard office and school building environments.
- State Certification to practice as evidenced by current state licensure as a Physical Therapist.
- Motor Vehicle Operator's License or ability to provide own transportation.
Bachelors from an accredited college or university in related field.
Graduation from an accredited program of physical therapy.
- Successful prior experience working as a Physical Therapist, preferably in an educational or other pediatric practice setting.
For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.applitrack.com/herkimerboces/onlineapp