Reports to: Director of Therapeutic Services
The Occupational Therapist will design and implement occupational therapy services to meet the needs of individuals with Down syndrome across the lifespan, and specifically provide assessment and intervention for individuals with Down syndrome. As a member of the Pathways ™ therapy team, the OT will provide specialized interventions and/or modifications to people with Down syndrome to support the acquisition of skills. The OT will be expected to take lead on education, support, and interventions in the areas of daily living skills, community integration, vocational readiness, motor development, assistive technology, and home modifications. In addition to providing direct therapy, the OT will utilize coaching and consulting to support families and caregivers; provide community education and training; collect and report data on individual and group outcomes; and provide consultation to other staff and volunteers to increase inclusion and participation of individuals with Down syndrome in our educational and employment programming. The OT will also design and implement therapeutic small groups for children and young adults with Down syndrome, and design and oversee implementation of playgroups for young children, in collaboration with other therapists. The OT will also work with the other therapists to create and implement innovative teletherapy programming.
Program: Down Syndrome Innovations’ Pathways ™ program includes therapeutic services for people with Down syndrome of all ages, and their families. Our Pathways™ services are implemented by an interdisciplinary team of licensed therapists, including a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Pathways ™ services equip the individual, his/her parents, caregivers, and extended family members with skill-building strategies and individualized supports that are targeted to daily life in the home and community. For more information: pathways321.org
Organization: At Down Syndrome Innovations, our life-changing support and services enable people with Down syndrome to live to their fullest potential. We serve as the expert resource and lead community mobilizer, sharing knowledge and creating solutions for people with Down syndrome. We recognize that people with Down syndrome have an incredible capacity to learn essential life and vocational skills when provided access and opportunity, effective instructional strategies, visual supports, and individualized modifications. It is essential in these services to maximize independence at all times and provide a safe and supportive environment for learning. Skill instruction will revolve around our 6 Program Pillars: Daily Living; Social & Communication Skills; Community Engagement; Health, Wellness & Safety; Self-Advocacy; and Vocational Development. For more information, visit our website: kcdsi.org