Physical Therapist

Washington D.C.
Mar 31, 2021
May 05, 2021
Full Time

Under the general supervision of the Physical Therapy Lead, the incumbent is responsible to evaluate, plan and administer physical therapy treatments for the purpose of aiding students’ physical, developmental, cognitive and emotional habilitation.  The therapist is expected to work independently, write objective and attainable IEP goals and to administer varied physical therapy treatments for the purpose of meeting the agreed upon goals and objectives.  It is important to note that while providing PT services the therapist is responsible for the supervision of the student(s) that may require the ability to keep up with a running student and or to lift or assist with lifting the student.  This is essential to perform this task. An important aspect of the job is gaining knowledge of and implementing the assigned student’s Individual Education Plan goals and objectives as well as data collection and documentation of such.

In accordance with the federal wage-hour laws, this is a salaried position and is not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.

Other Performance Measures:

Successful performance on the job requires following safety guidelines and policies to reduce accident or injury to self or students, school dress standards, proper attendance and leave policies, and compliance with other policies set forth in the Employee Handbook.  Creativity, initiative and effective problem solving are also important to the success of the incumbent.  Attend and participate in weekly team, staff and development meetings; read and accept responsibility for weekly staff notes and all policies and procedures.  Complete all paperwork accurately and timely.  Perform bus duty detail as assigned. Support the overall school mission through volunteer opportunities and contribute to the smooth operation of the school day.

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Recommend, design and assist in the procurement of adaptive equipment and assistive technology for students to meet IEP goals.
  • Develop, coordinate and implement individual physical therapy intervention plans that support the IEP goals and objectives using an integrated service model.
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments and evaluations using a variety of assessment tools and resources; develop written evaluations.
  • May assist in planning and developing, and present in-service physical therapy training programs; instruct in techniques and procedures in physical therapy; and prepare reports as required by the various jurisdictions.
  • Train classroom staff in use of adaptive equipment such as walkers, standers, and positioning equipment.
  • Advise and ensure the development and follow-through of appropriate classroom adaptations in order to provide maximum learning and independence with mobility.
  • Educate students and their guardian/family to home exercises, self care and daily living activities, with emphasis on gross motor skill development and therapeutic exercise.
  • Ability to lift and position physically disabled individuals may be required. 
  • Most tasks require oral communication, visual and hearing perception and the ability to move around classrooms, cafeteria, gym, facility, etc. 
  • Ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, crawling and brisk walking, and which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (45 lbs.).
  • The ability to keep up with running children and or to lift or assist with lifting students is essential.
  • Maintain confidentiality of parent, student and staff personal identifiable information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and understanding of students with intellectual disabilities, autism and multiple disabilities.
  • Knowledge of the current Federal guidelines for Special Education.
  • Ability to evaluate problems and progress of students.
  • Ability to independently problem solve and navigate the steps needed to accomplish the tasks of the position.
  • Requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain required documentation of student records and complete appropriate Medicaid documentation.
  • Licensed as a Physical Therapist through the Board of Physical Therapy with the District of Columbia.
  • Certified as a Physical Therapist through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).
  • Successful completion of the required training courses within a specified period of time.
  • Tuberculosis screening to assure no significant risk to the health and safety of others.
  • Successfully passing a criminal background investigation and pre-employment and random drug screenings.

Examples of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, and equipment used in physical therapy.
  • Knowledge of the possible hazards to students during treatment and of necessary precautionary and remedial measures.
  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology to position students for different types of treatment without harm.
  • Knowledge of special procedures and tests, and the ability to work with students of all disabilities.
  • Knowledge of assessment and goal writing for pediatric population with neurological and muscular disorders.
  • Skill in massage according to established techniques.
  • Ability to plan, organize and conduct a physical therapy treatment program and to apply physical therapy techniques in observing, testing, and evaluating students.
  • Ability to utilize various forms of data collection, including audio and video tapes, and charts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students and to obtain their cooperation in the treatment prescribed.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional, caring and cooperative relationships with students and their guardians/families.
  • Ability to maintain records and reports of treatments administered.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and adapt written or oral directions regarding physical therapy.
  • Ability to make necessary working adjustments and minor repairs to standard physical therapy equipment.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and follow safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence using English grammar and spelling.

Sensory Requirements

Most tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.

Minimum Acceptable Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and a valid Physical Therapy (PT) license in the District of Columbia; Master’s degree in Physical Therapy preferred. Previous experience working with children or adults with intellectual disabilities/autism preferred.

School Hours

7:50 AM to 3:40 PM – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

7:50 AM to 4:30 PM – Wednesday

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