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Date:                   July 26, 2013
Job Title:             Specialist Early Intervention
                             (Pediatric Occupational Therapist)
Term:                  Permanent – Full time
                             35 hours per week
Location:            Edmonton, AB
In covering a broad range of duties, responsibilities include completing initial interview and ongoing assessment of children birth to school age with vision loss to identify rehabilitation goals.  This position also develops individual intervention and therapy programs in accordance with goals.  Assist the child’s family to access available resources to address their vision needs and, also facilitate a child’s transition into community and school programs.
Essential Duties entail (but not limited to):
·         Conducts initial and ongoing assessments for children with vision loss from birth to school age.  Assists client and their family in developing habilitation goals.
·         Develops individual intervention/therapeutic programs to assist children with vision loss in developing motor, visual, cognitive, self care, social, literacy and sensory in accordance with vision habilitation goals.
·         Evaluates clients’ 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/caregiver 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.
·         Works as part of a team and supervises and supports the Early Intervention Assistant in their role.
·         Completes required documentation including assessments, progress reports, statistics on service delivery, etc.
·         Keeps abreast of current materials, technology, standards of practice related to providing service to children with vision loss by review of professional literature, attending conferences/workshops and accessing other current sources of information.
·         Assist with ongoing development of Toy Lending Library.  This includes updating the membership, purchasing new toys, completing an annual inventory and assisting volunteers.
·         Provide as equitable a service as possible to urban and rural clients.  This will include travel throughout Northern Alberta.
Qualifications: (Education, Training, Experience)
·         Degree in Occupational Therapy and member of Provincial Occupational Therapy regulatory body (ACOT).
·         2 – 3 years experience working with children with vision loss and/or combined loss in hearing and sight, and/or multi-handicapped children and their families would be an asset.
·         Knowledge of childhood growth and development and awareness of specific issues regarding vision loss.
·         Willingness to travel.
·         Applicants will require a criminal record check and vulnerable sector check prior to offer of employment.
Salary Range:   Commensurate with experience
Closing Date for Applications:    Until suitable candidate is found
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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