Occupational Therapist: Stepping Stones Program Start Date: August 2017
The mission of the Atlanta Speech School is to help each person develop his or her full potential through language and literacy. The School is now the nation’s most comprehensive center for language and literacy, with four schools, five clinics, summer programs and a professional development center. Each day extraordinarily dedicated and talented individuals make profound differences in the lives of the children and adults we serve here and across our state in partnership with other organizations. Please visit our website for a closer look at our work: www.atlantaspeechschool.org
The Stepping Stones program is currently seeking applicants for a full-time position of Occupational Therapist for the 2017-2018 school year. The Stepping Stones program provides therapeutic preschool services for children who are experiencing early communication delays and secondary motor/sensory integration weaknesses.
POSITION SUMMARY: The occupational therapist is responsible for the delivery of a high quality therapeutic and educational experience for each child within a class. Along with the speech language pathologist, special education teacher, and assistant teacher, the occupational therapist will implement weekly lesson plans that support the Stepping Stones curriculum as well as individualized motor and sensory-based goals to meet the developmental needs of three and four-year-old students.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE JOB:
Creatively plan and teach aspects of a high quality therapeutic instructional program for a classroom of 10-12 children in a preschool or Pre-K classroom with a variety of communication and fine motor/sensory delays; addressing sensory-motor, visual-motor, and visual perceptual areas of development
Conduct ongoing review and periodic assessment of skill development and prepare written progress reports for each student
Contribute to a minimum of three conferences per year with parents of each student
Establish an effective system for communicating with parents, colleagues, and outside personnel regarding children's development
Work collaboratively with speech language pathologists, special education teachers, assistant teachers, and school counselor to ensure exemplary services are provided for each child
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Master’s degree in occupational therapy with specific experience serving preschool students with developmental delays
A current Georgia license, and certification with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy
An understanding of the interaction between language, learning, sensory processing, and neuro-motor development
Must attend Bright From the Start training and other required training as specified by the program director
A commitment to ongoing professional development. Experience working with children in a group, with individualized goals
Among the many programs at the Atlanta Speech School, children and adults with hearing loss and language processing difficulties are served. Therefore, the clarity and accuracy of an applicant’s speech and language may be part of the hiring decision as they relate to performing the essential functions of the position.
SALARY: Salary is commensurate with experience.
Among the many benefits of the Atlanta Speech School is an environment that encourages professional development, innovation, and strong relationships with co-workers and the people we serve. This is a full time position that includes a generous benefit package including health/dental/life/vision and long term disability insurance; school subsidized health insurance premiums of staff and families; Flexible Spending Account; 403(b) Plan; accrued sick time; generous holiday schedule; complimentary meals during work hours and cost reduction of some Speech School services.
Please provide a resume, certification, and writing sample via e-mailby July 7, 2017. The writing sample should describe what you consider to be critical qualities that an occupational therapist must possess in order to be effective, and examples in which you have demonstrated that quality. The sample should be no more than 600 words.
The Atlanta Speech School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.