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$46.95-$52.81 hourly / $8,138.00-$9,154.00 monthly / $97,656.00-$109,844.80 yearly


Under general supervision, to provide professional occupational therapy services for physically disabled children and adolescents; and to do other work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The CCS Occupational Therapist performs occupational 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.

Typical Tasks

  • Plans and administers occupational therapy in accordance with instructions from physicians and supervisor;
  • Administers tests to evaluate client’s range of motion, motor skills, functional activity and muscle strength;
  • Designs and constructs or directs construction of special equipment and splints;
  • Teaches exercises to children and adolescents;
  • Teaches self-care and activities of daily living skills;
  • 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;
  • Maintains equipment;
  • Supervises the care of braces.

Employment Standards


  • Working knowledge of objectives and methods of occupational therapy;
  • Working knowledge of principles of occupational 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 with physical disabilities 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 occupational therapy with physically disabled children and adolescents. Experience in an occupational 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 California Board of Occupational Therapy to practice as an Occupational Therapist in California.


Bargaining Unit: General Representation Unit
EEOC Job Category: 02
Occupational Grouping: 59
Worker’s Comp Code: 0290
Dates Revised: 6/00, 3/11
Analyst: JD, MM

CLASS: PP6; EST: 8/1/1984; REV: 3/1/2011;