COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT Occupational Therapist (Extended Recruitment) in Eureka, California

Occupational Therapist (Extended Recruitment)Salary $75,993.84 - $97,517.28 AnnuallyLocation Eureka, CAJob TypeFull-timeDepartmentDepartment of Health and Human ServicesClosingContinuousDEFINITIONFor applicants living outside of Humboldt County, CA, please click here for important information. Under general supervision, plans, performs and directs occupational therapy for handicapped persons, primarily children; participates as a team member with physicians, physical therapists, parents and others in furthering the development of the childand#39;s daily living habits; performs related work as assigned.DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This is a skilled professional class responsible for evaluating the special needs of handicapped children and developing occupational therapy programs to assist in their development. This class is distinguished from Physical Therapist in that the latter provides physical therapy to assist with the childand#39;s neuromuscular development.EXAMPLES OF DUTIES Plans, organizes and participates in occupational and recreational activities to further the development of a childand#39;s daily living habits.Consults with physicians to determine appropriate types of occupational therapy for the mental and physical improvement of patients.Selects constructive activities suited to patientand#39;s physical capacity, intelligence level, interest and desired results.Instructs patients in creative arts, educational subjects, prevocational subjects and recreational activities.Instructs patients in methods of accomplishing their daily living habits; helps them learn to feed themselves, use bathroom facilities, dress, bathe, write, play and interact with their peers and adults.Conducts individual and group sessions to help children feel less restricted in their environment; to learn additional leisure time activities, and to learn how to cook, do laundry and take care of themselves.Determines need for and fit of adaptive equipment, such as wheelchairs, adaptive inserts, braces and splints; provides adaptive equipment selection, fabrication and maintenance.Observes and makes verbal and written documentation of patient progress.Assists in educating school personnel, public health personnel and other interested groups in order to understand and cooperate in the physical and psychological objectives of occupational therapy treatments.Participates in staff conferences and team meetings involving educational personnel, welfare services, physical therapists, vendors and speech therapists to further the childand#39;s development.Makes on-site visits to homes and schools to identify improvements in the physical setting that can be made to make a more adaptive environment for the child.Maintains accurate records and case notes; prepares treatment plans, correspondence and other written materials.Coordinates with other program staff to ensure treatment plans are implemented and documentation is maintained as required. QUALIFICATIONSKnowledge of:Principles and practices of arts, crafts and recreational activities.Theory of mental and physical rehabilitation underlying the practice of occupational therapy.Neuro-muscular function and dysfunction.Skeletal and muscular anatomy.Psychological problems of the handicapped and their families.Use and care of special tools, prostheses and equipment.Skill in:Instructing and assisting with therapeutic activities.Explaining and interpreting tests, diagnoses, objectives and methods of occupational therapy to patients, parents and school personnel.Working as a team member to ensure carryover in the treatment and training of patients. Integrating occupational therapy activities with other medical and developmental programs.Preparing accurate and complete case notes, correspondence, reports and other written materials.Using initiatives and sound judgment within established guidelines.Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.Other Re