Occupational Therapist

Sycamore Community Schools


Evaluates students and provides developmental, corrective and supportive services as needed to assist students with a disability to benefit from special education by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Performs assessment of sensory, motor and perceptual functioning of students.
Performs assessment of self care, mobility and access for students.
Assesses and recommends environmental modifications/specialized furniture for individual students.
Assesses sensory integrative function and recommends sensory diets.
Evaluates job site where students are placed and recommends modifications (e.g. environmental), support (e.g. sequence of job activities) or adaptations (e.g. portable magnifying glass) as needed.
Plans therapy programs to address deficit areas that impact academic function.
Plans and makes (or provides commercially available) adaptations to facilitate access.
Compiles therapeutic activity programs to optimize student function, teaches school personnel how to implement it, monitors its use and ensures student safety.
Recommends specifications that would optimize student success at community job sites.
Updates progress on the underlying sensory/motor function supporting the goals and objectives on the IEP.
Provides consultation to administration regarding program planning to ensure optimal student performance, e.g. organize and support district wide handwriting program and building facilities, e.g. wheelchair accessible bathrooms that would allow for training of functional independence in self care.
Provides consultation to parents to help them understand the therapy needs of their children, compiles home therapy programs, serves as resource to parents for problem solving issues that have repercussions at school, e.g. self care issues.
Educates teachers/educational assistants regarding normal development of self care, fine motor, sensory motor skills and devise strategies to facilitate development of appropriate skills in the classroom.
Contributes to the multi-factor assessment process and assists in prioritizing student needs to be addressed in the classroom.
Contributes to the IEP team process and prioritizes goals and objectives that will optimize student function.
Assumes role as member of transition planning team and makes appropriate recommendations to facilitate transitions between buildings and from school to work force/community.
Performs supervisory responsibilities to a certified occupational therapist assistant which includes providing adequate information to COTA to enable program planning and providing supervision to ensure quality of services provided to students.
Follows all policies and procedures for the provision of special education as established by the Ohio Department of Education.

Directly supervises employees.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the district’s policies and negotiated agreements.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees, planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, colleagues and administration.  Ability to read, analyze and interpret testing and survey results, medical reports and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from students, parents, agencies, teachers or members of the school community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conforms to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to administration, staff, public groups, and/or Board of Education.  


Valid certificate/license as issued by the Ohio Department of Education, licensed by Ohio OT, PT, AT Board, the National Occupational Therapist Board and by the State of Ohio.


Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program.  Ability to plan and implement therapeutic activities based on school objectives and the needs and abilities of students.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, peers, parents and community.  Ability to speak clearly and concisely, in written or oral communication.  Ability to use computers for instruction and record keeping.  Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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