Under general supervision, to provide professional physical therapy services for physically disabled children and adolescents; and to do other work as required.
The CCS Physical Therapist performs physical therapy in a Medical Therapy Unit for the California Children’s Services Program for physically disabled children and adolescents. Incumbents work directly from a physician's prescription, which frequently allows considerable latitude in methods of treatment. Therapy plans are developed individually and in conjunction with other staff and carried out by incumbents.
Plans and administers physical therapy in accordance with instructions from physicians and supervisor;
Tests and grades muscle power and evaluates range of motion, sensation, and developmental levels; D
esigns and constructs or directs construction of special equipment and splints;
Teaches exercises to children and adolsecents;
Instructs children in walking, standing, balancing, and the use of crutches and braces;
Explains orthopedic recommendations to children, adolescents and others;
Consults with teachers, speech therapists and others as necessary;
Requisitions equipment and supplies;
Keeps clinical notes and records and prepares reports;
Supervises the care of braces.
Working knowledge of objectives and methods of physical therapy;
Working knowledge of principles of physical therapy for treating children and adolescents, birth to age 21, with chronic neuromuscular, muscular and orthopedic disabilities;
Working knowledge of testing and evaluating developmental, muscular and neural functions;
Working knowledge of neuromuscular function and dysfunction;
Working knowledge of skeletal anatomy, kinesiology and basic pathology of people with physical disabilities;
Working knowledge of construction, use and care of orthopedic appliances and equipment;
Working knowledge of psychological problems of children and adolescents and their effects on family members.
Teach clients self-care and other suitable activities;
Understand and interpret physicians' orders and adapt treatment programs to individual circumstances;
Communicate verbal and written ideas clearly and logically;
Prepare reports and maintain clinical case records;
Establish and maintain effective relationships with clients and others contacted in the course of work;
Set up treatment care plans for physically disabled children and adolescents.
Training and Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
One year of experience performing physical therapy with physically disabled children and adolescents. Experience in a physical therapy internship program for developmentally disabled children may be substituted for the required experience on a month for month basis.
Possession and maintenance of a valid California Class C Driver License or the incumbent must provide suitable transportation approved by the appointing authority.
Possession and maintenance of a valid license issued by the Physical Therapy Board of California to practice as a Physical Therapist in California