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Occupational Therapist

Posted 1 year ago

Position Reports To: Executive Director

GENERAL SUMMARY: The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the implementation of occupational therapy to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (to include early intervention through adolescent services) in a center-based setting for the Global Center for Autism Services (GCAS) in Lanham, Maryland. The Occupational Therapist duties include conducting new patient intakes, administering patient evaluations using the latest evidence-based practice, create intervention plans and direct treatment delivery to children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The Occupational Therapist will develop parent trainings, and integrate them into all treatment plans, providing strategies to parents to increase the effectiveness of treatment. The Occupational Therapist will be responsible for recommending specialized equipment, environmental adaptations and access to assistive technology as needed. The Occupational Therapist will provide direct treatment to patients, and create progress reports for submission to patient insurance carriers. The Occupational Therapist will also work collaboratively with Clinical Director(s), Clinical Quality Director, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), Speech & Language Pathologists, Director of Operations and Executive Director.

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Familiarity with assessment tools including but not limited to: PDMS-2, Beery VMI, BDI2, SP, SPM, BOT-2,

HELP, DTVP-2, SIPT, and Vineland II preferred, but not required

  • Excellent time management skills
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Google Sheets)

Required Length and Type of Experience:

  • Minimum two (2) years clinical experience in providing occupational therapy treatment, utilizing evidenced
    based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorder

Required Licensure, Certification or Registry:

  • Licensed by the Maryland Department of Health
  • Certification by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy

Required Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting students, manual and finger dexterity, and eye-hand coordination, physically able to manage students of varying weight and sizes. Requires corrected vision
    and hearing to normal range. Exposure to communicable diseases and/or body fluids.


  1. Conduct initial intakes and parent conferences to gather relevant information.
  2. Develop & implement occupational therapy treatment, plans of care including goals and objectives.
  3. Address client’s occupational performance to support engagement in occupations (i.e., activities of daily living (ADL)
    across environments affecting health, well-being, safety and quality of life in a person with autism spectrum disorder.
  4. Create and perform task analyses to break down activities into achievable components for both the client and their
  5. Guide and educate family members and caregivers during evaluation and treatment processes.
  6. Observe, note, and perform daily data collection, including creation of report on progress of long and short term
    treatment goals.
  7. Consult across disciplines to provide suggestions for environmental adaptations (i.e., board certified behavior
    analysts, speech & language pathologists).
  8. Provide direct treatment to patients, and create progress reports for submission to patient insurance carriers.
  9. Direct and supervise certified occupational therapy assistants (COTA) as needed in clinical setting.
  10. Assist the COTA and registered behavior technicians in treatment techniques that support progress towards patient
    treatment goals and objectives.
  11. Perform other related duties as may be assigned by Executive Director


All employees are expected to meet the standards of performance outlined in the Organizational-Wide Competencies
listed below as applied to the position:

Customer Service Orientation: Includes attitude, behavior, interpersonal skill, and problem solving that enable an employee to respond to internal and external customer needs and expectations in a positive manner.
Adaptability: Includes teamwork and flexibility needed to fulfill job responsibilities including adapting to changes in work environment and accepting supervisory feedback.
Efficiency and Effectiveness: Includes quantity and quality of desired work, as well as organization skills necessary to perform successfully.
Essential Job Requirements: Includes adherence to all relevant policies, procedures, and guidelines affecting thework environment, including maintenance of required competencies and communication skills.
Managerial Responsibilities (if applicable): Includes overall accountability for assigned work group relative to operational goals, personnel requirements, and budgetary constraints.

NOTE: The above stated duties are intended to outline those functions typically performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This description of duties is not intended to be all inclusive or to limit the discretionary authority of supervisors to assign other tasks of similar nature or level of responsibility.

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