Job Description: The Physical Therapy Assistant is responsible for implementing intervention and therapy regarding students’ physical therapy needs. PTA’s provide IEP services to students for such activities as exercise, gait, and balance training, and other therapeutic interventions. Physical therapy is provided in schools only when it is related to educational needs. Intervention and goals in the school setting address the child’s functional needs in accessing all areas of the school curriculum.
Minimum Qualifications: ·
- Possesses a valid MA license as a Certified Physical Therapy Assistant issued by the Board of Allied Health Professionals
- Meets all mandated health screening requirements
- Possesses a record free of criminal violations that would prohibit public school employment.
- Adheres to the Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for MA Allied Health Professionals.
- Complies with drug-free workplace rules, School Committee policies, and administrative guidelines/procedures.
- Exhibits the ability to establish working relationships with co-workers and function as part of a cohesive team.
- Maintains a commitment to keep current with skills essential to the objectives of the position.
- Possesses the ability to facilitate student/family access to appropriate community and educational resources.
Essential Functions: The following are essential tasks for PTA’s. A reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions.
- The PTA supports physical therapy interventions designed to enable the student to travel throughout the school environment; participate in classroom activities; maintain and change positions in the classroom; as well as manage stairs, restrooms, and the cafeteria.
- The PTA can modify the environment to maximize a student’s participation (i.e. adaptive seating) in order to maximize student success and independence.
- As needed, the PTA attends meetings and trainings (e.g. IEP team meetings, conferences, with teachers) for the purpose of conveying and/or receiving information, including best practices for school PT delivery.
- PTA’s consult with the IEP Team, providing requested information, and developing plans for services
- PTA’s maintain activity logs and progress reports in cooperation with the Physical Therapist for the purpose of documentation and compliance with various state, federal, and administrative regulations.
- The PTA keeps therapy equipment and supplies in clean and proper working condition for the purpose of implementing motor/therapy goals and also transports a variety of equipment for the purpose of ensuring the availability of materials required for therapy sessions.
- PTA’s provide direct physical therapy services to students according to IEP goals for the purpose of ensuring compliance with established practices and procedures.
SKILLS, ABILITIES AND KNOWLEDGE:
- Works under the supervision of the licensed Physical Therapist
- Demonstrates knowledge of MA Special Education practices and procedures
- Maintains accurate files and records in cooperation with the PT for Medicaid and progress report purposes
- Communicates effectively both orally and in writing
- Maintains confidentiality
- Develops and maintains effective working relationships with students, co-workers, administrators, and the school community
- Works with teachers and students to demonstrate ways of supporting students in the general education classroom
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. EEO/AA Employer