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DATE:                  July 18, 2013

JOB TITLE:        Assistant, Early Intervention (OTA)
TERM:                  Full Time (35 hours a week)
LOCATION:        Calgary, Alberta
To provide assistance to the Occupational Therapist (Specialist, Early Intervention) in the provision of early intervention programs for children with vision loss or combined loss of hearing and sight, and multi-handicaps.
This position entails, but is not limited to the following:
·         Assist with the implementation of individual and family program plans developed by the Occupational Therapist, Early Intervention, to help children develop physically, visually and cognitively;
·         Assist treatment by setting up equipment and obtaining / preparing specific modalities as requested, and assist in escorting or transporting the child to treatment area;
·         Provide follow-up regarding program plans. Inform Occupational Therapist, Early Intervention of any changes in individual’s status (i.e. medical crisis) and progress related to treatment goals;
·         Uses electronic assessments and templates in the EVRR system to identify and document clients’ challenges and training plans. Prepare accurate written reports and progress summaries.  Maintain current client file documentation as directed;
·         Collaborate with department team in the ongoing development and maintenance of resources and educational tools for early intervention strategies ;
·         Maintain materials and equipment supplies as required by the Occupational Therapist, Early Intervention for educational services.  Maintain a safe and sanitary work environment;
·         Participate in educating children and their families about vision loss and the early intervention program;
·         Prioritise individual care, service delivery, time management and department needs;
·         In collaboration with Children’s Services, maintain the Toy Lending Library and educational resources (updating the membership, assisting volunteers, purchasing new toys, completing an annual inventory).
·        Post-secondary diploma or degree in Rehabilitation Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Rehabilitation Practitioner, Disabilities Studies or Early Childhood Education; 
·        Experience working with children with multiple disabilities and previous paediatric experience would be beneficial;
·         Valid Driver’s Licence and access to a vehicle;
  •   Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software and  experience and familiarity working in a Windows environment;
  •  Proficiency in Database entry and maintenance;
  •    Highly developed oral and written communication skills;
  •   Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task;
  •   Possess strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills;
  •   Demonstrate knowledge of normal growth and development of children, and ability to interact with  children effectively;
  •  Demonstrates mature and sensitive nature when dealing with the needs of persons experiencing vision loss;
  •  Demonstrates strong ethical behaviour and the ability in maintaining confidentiality;
  •  Must be organized, self motivated, flexible and adaptable;
  •    Willingness to work flexible hours;
  •    Able to work in a team environment.


SALARY RANGE:  Commensurate with Experience.
Closing Date for Applications: August 6, 2013
Please Send the Application To:
Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position. 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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