To provide small group and whole class occupational therapy services and consultancy with staff and students as required.
To have a high focus on building the capacity of staff within the school through consultation, modelling, inter-professional collaboration and professional development.
To attend meetings as appropriatewhich include team meetings, staff meetings, departmental meetings and planning meetings for Individual Learning Plans and Program Support Groups as appropriate.
To take a leading role in occupational therapy programs and actively implement programs incorporating sensory processing, motor development, self-care, social-emotional development and play.
To demonstrate an innovative approach to planning and implementing occupational therapy programs.
To provide appropriate intervention strategies and advice regarding specialised aids and equipment to enable students to achieve optimal functioning.
To establish effective communication with teaching staff and to consult and advise other team members, families and caregivers regarding student management.
To contribute to the education of teachers and teacher aides through staff meetings and professional development sessions.
To participate in personal and departmental appraisal processes.
To identify and participate in professional development consistent with identified personal and professional development needs. This may involve participation in professional networks.
To prepare for, and participate in, clinical supervision and/or mentoring as required, and to ensure all clinical work is reflective of knowledge and skill level.
To support and promote a positive and motivating environment throughout the school.
Provision of Therapy Services
Provision of high quality, direct clinical services to a case load of children including assessment, task analysis, and intervention indicated by:
Application of contemporary theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice to guide assessment and therapeutic recommendations for students with a wide range of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome.
Preparation for, and attendance of, Individual Education Planning meetings and other meetings as required to contribute to goal setting.
Planning and implementation of programs to facilitate and promote development in the areas identified within the Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each student.
Provision of capacity building therapeutic approaches for staff with the aim to increase skills and knowledge across the school.
Provision of individualised and group programs where appropriate, with the aim to build the ongoing capacity of staff working with the student/s so that they can continue to support skill development.
Documentation and Reporting
Production of reports and documentation as required by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and Belvoir Special School evidenced by:
Production of high quality formal reports using standardised and other assessments e.g. clinical observations, teacher/student/parent interview etc.
Production of reports for purposes determined by the school, for example, Program Support Group Meetings, Disability Program Funding Applications
Completion of reports and applications for funding as required for direct service delivery and student participation in the school program.
Letters and other documentation to professionals and other agencies.
Written summaries of intervention as required.
Verbal reporting and liaison with other staff, parents, allied health team members and external professionals involved in the education and developmental support of students.
Program/Curriculum Development (in areas other than direct therapy provision)
work with others to develop curriculum programs as required
determine appropriate assessment tools and conduct assessments and work collaboratively to develop programs and resources for the provision of therapy services
provide practical skills training to other staff as required within level of experience
adherence to Privacy legislation including respecting the confidentiality of students and families and staff
attend all meetings and observe meeting protocols as required
show a willingness to accept responsibility and to work effectively, to work under limited supervision and to seek assistance as required
participate in professional development and provide professional development in consultation with others and to level of experience
participate in performance reviews as required
develop an awareness of the resources and systems within the school, DEECD, funding bodies and professional organizations.