Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Posted 11 months ago

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POSITION SUMMARY:Responsible for providing client treatment involving assessment of physical limitation/disability and its effects on the child’s life. Attempts to improve or modify and/or adapt clients to their limitations through kinetic activities, training and provision of adaptive equipment. This work is performed under the direction of a Registered Occupational Therapist.
POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:Minimum Education: Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistance - Minimum Experience: Completion of Occupational Therapy Assistant Internship.
Required Certification/Registration:• Licensure by the New York State Education Department as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. • Current COTA certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). • Must maintain valid licensure and certification and complete any continuing competency programs mandated by the New York State Education Department and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Physical Requirements:This position requires daily contact with students. Work involves the ability to transfer and lift students and equipment of approximately 50 pounds. Work may include continuous walking or standing, manual dexterity, visual and auditory acuity to communicate verbally with students, bending stooping and overhead lifting.
Working Conditions:• Work involves regular exposure with children and families • Job requires a great deal of standing for long periods of time • Ability to physically assist and help lift students
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:• Works under supervision and regularly observes students in order to justify continuation in program • Makes periodic observations of treatment plans and recommends therapeutic changes in goals and program as appropriate to student needs • Maintains records of occupational therapy treatment on student charts; maintains monthly session attendance • Maintains a clean, orderly and safe work area • Maintains inventory of supplies • Works with Occupational Therapist on evaluation and fabrication of adaptive equipment • Attends team meetings on students • Participates in in-service education programs • Updates child’s IEP – minimum of three times per year • Follows through on Sensory Integration principles in treatments • Completes all paperwork for Annual Review under supervision of an Occupational Therapist • Provides site visit observations to COTA students • Performs other related duties as required by supervisor and Program Director • Understands student IEP and goals • Carries out all program modifications on student IEP’s • Maintains continuing education credits as required by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy annually • Maintains current New York State licensure and National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy certification in discipline.

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