In a state facility this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of paraprofessional tasks in assisting in the assessment, planning and implementation of a program of purposeful activities to develop or maintain the adaptive skills necessary to achieve maximal physical and mental functioning.
Works under the general supervision of a professional licensed occupational therapist.
May lead/supervise lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
In occupational therapy performs paraprofessional evaluations of clients including reflex testing, range of motion, muscle strength testing and sensory awareness;
Trains clients in personal skills essential for privacy and independence including self-feeding, personal hygiene, dressing, bathing, grooming, communication skills, etc.;
Designs therapy intervention programs;
Under supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, determines need for adaptive equipment, assists in development of treatment plans and implements direct occupational therapy interventions;
Trains direct care staff to implement programs;
Implements physicians’ therapy orders;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of principles and practices of occupational therapy;
Considerable skill in application of occupational therapy techniques;
design paraprofessional therapy interventions;
recognize change and to report/record pertinent information.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a license as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant issued by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health in accordance with the applicable Connecticut General Statutes.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in designated languages or proficient in use of American Sign language in certain positions.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain patients/clients; may have some exposure to infectious/communicable diseases and to some risk of injury from assaultive or abusive patients/clients; on occasion may be exposed to moderately disagreeable conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(37)-Therapy - (Speech/Physical/Occup/etc)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in Salary Group FK 18 approved effective July 1, 2001. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final No. 23-113