$25.70-$34.35 Hourly / $1,927.21-$2,576.33 BiWeekly /
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.
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.
Basic knowledge of principles and practices of occupational therapy; considerable skill in application of occupational therapy techniques; interpersonal skills; leadership skills; ability to design paraprofessional therapy interventions; ability to recognize change and to report/record pertinent information.
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 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.