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Date:                             August 23, 2012
Job Title:                      Specialist, Early Intervention
Term:                            Full Time
Location:                      St. John’s, NL
This position works with children with vision loss primarily from birth through school age.  Responsibilities include completing initial interview and ongoing assessment to identify rehabilitation goals and develop service plans to address goals with families. The position also develops individual intervention and therapy programs in accordance with goals, and assists the child’s family to access available resources to address their vision needs. This position also facilitates a child’s transition into community and school programs and continues involvement in a monitoring capacity through to age 21.
Essential Duties entail (but not limited to): 
  • Conducts initial and ongoing assessments for children with vision loss of various age groups.  Assists the child and his/her family in developing rehabilitation goals.
  • Develops individual intervention/therapeutic programs to assist children with vision loss in developing motor, visual, cognitive, self care, social, literacy and sensory skills in accordance with vision rehabilitation goals.
  • Evaluates client’s progress to revise service plans and implement programs that address client and family needs.
  • Assesses environmental conditions, accessibility and safety in settings that the child encounters (home, preschool, playgrounds, etc.)
  • Provides support and information to parents and caregivers on methods and techniques for helping to overcome barriers to inclusion. Provides support and information to parents/caregivers to enhance advocacy skills.
  • Acts as a consultant/resource to the professional and service community regarding issues pertaining to children with vision loss including children with additional disabling conditions.
  • Provides interventions and supports to the child and family in the form of: direct intervention; resources and information; collaboration with other programs and service providers; presentations; and transition planning.
Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience) 
  • Occupational Therapy Degree or Early Childhood Education (or recognized equivalency)
  • Three or more years experience working in the field of early child development
  • Working with children with disabilities, in particular those with vision loss is considered a definite asset.
  • Training related to specialized seating and positioning, feeding, adaptive technology and sensory integration is an asset.
  • Experience supervising volunteers and support staff is an asset
Salary Range:                                Commensurate with experience
Closing Date for Applications:       August 31, 2012
Please Send the Application To: and quote the job title in the subject line.
Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.
Although we thank you for your interest, we would appreciate no phone calls please.
We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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