Occupational Therapist

Alexandria, Virginia
May 05, 2023
Sep 13, 2023
Full Time
Job Description:

The Occupational Therapist works cooperatively with students, parents, and teachers to enable the students to reach their educational goals; emphasizes remediation of compensation for perceptual, sensory, visual, fine-motor, and self-care deficits; provides an appropriate educational program for handicapped students; utilizes a medically based training to evaluate and apply purposeful, goal-directed, developmentally sequenced activities to enhance the student's potential for learning.


Education: Minimum Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy.

Certificates & Licenses: Valid Virginia Department of Education license required, or the ability to obtain one.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must have completed an accredited education program and all fieldwork education requirements.
  • Must be certified by the Occupational Therapy Certification Board (OTCB) following successful completion of the national certification examination.

  • Must have successfully completed a pediatric affiliation and have two (2) years of prior work experience.
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the administrator may deem appropriate.

  • Experience with school-aged handicapped children.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Essential Functions
  • Train parents and staff in proper techniques of positioning, handling, dressing, and feeding handicapped students as required to meet their special needs.
  • Recommend necessary equipment and adaptations and, when possible, construct such equipment and adaptations.
  • Consult with teachers in planning and updating classroom programs for fine-motor and perceptual-motor activities.
  • Conduct home visits, group presentations, or individual teaching of parents, teachers, and other school personnel on normal and abnormal child development, medical aspects of handicapping conditions, therapeutic techniques, proper body mechanics, etc.

Assessment and Evaluation
  • Evaluate new student referrals within a reasonable time. A written report is to follow the evaluation, indicating the need for therapy.
  • Use standardized tests and customized measures and/or observation to evaluate the student in areas of cognitive-perceptual-motor skills, motor coordination, psychological development, self-care, muscle strength and range of motion, postural reflexes, needs for adaptive devices, and prostheses, and vocational skills.
  • The therapist, with parent permission, may make home visits for the purpose of evaluating the child within his/her home environment (Note: Director of Special Education permission should also be obtained).
  • Evaluate treatment effectiveness by observation, testing, communication with family, and other sources.

Planning and Treatment
  • Direct Services Utilize treatment procedures involving physical, sensory, manual, creative, and recreational or play activities that are designed to:
  • Maintain or improve motor functioning such as normal developmental motor patterns, range of motion, muscle strength, gross and fine motor coordination, and activity tolerance.
  • Improve level of functioning in the areas of visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic perception, and cognitive-perceptual-motor integration skills.
  • Improve psychosocial development by aiding ego development, developing social interaction skills, and helping the child discover constructive alternatives.
  • Help the child achieve a maximum level of independence in toileting, feeding, personal hygiene, dressing, grooming, and mobility.
  • Help the child acquire homemaking and vocational skills and appropriate work habits through prevocational activities.
  • Instruct the student in the use of functional adaptive equipment and devices.
  • Indirect Services (Other services provided by the occupational therapist in the school).

  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.

Public Health Compliance
  • Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
  • Must follow safety and health protocols.


Primary Location:
Central Office
Salary Range:
Teachers and Other Licensed Staff Salary Scale (http://www.acps.k12.va.us/hr/compensation/)
Shift Type:

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