The Therapy Assistant provides support to the early intervention services team including direct and indirect treatment activities and non-client specific activities as assigned and supervised by a Physiotherapist (PT), Occupational Therapist (OT) and/or Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in accordance with the guidelines established in the: College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC Clinical Practice Guideline Use of Support Personnel; College of Physical Therapists of BC Practice Standard for Assignment of Task to a Physical Therapist Support Worker; and/ or College of Occupational Therapists of BC Practice Guideline for Assigning of Service Components to Unregulated Support Personnel.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Uses assigned screening protocols and provides results to the therapist for interpretation;
- Plans and implements a variety of assigned client activities for individual and group therapy sessions in accordance with goals / objectives / strategies identified by the therapist;
- Provides verbal / written feedback and reports on goals achieved to the therapist
- Observes clients and their environment while implementing activities and strategies and reports any changes to the therapist;
- Documents therapy sessions in client files;
- Adapts and modifies established activities and strategies in consultation with the therapist to meet the needs of the children as required;
- Assists with assessment and therapy sessions as assigned;
- Maintains daily statistical data according to program guidelines;
- Prepares materials for therapy sessions, home use and educational sessions in consultation with therapist;
- Ensures a safe environment by observing universal precautions and infection control procedures and abiding by all regulations regarding safety;
- Schedules appointments as required;
- Participates in staff meetings and client meetings with supervising therapist;
- Operates equipment such as video cameras during therapy and educational sessions;
- Sets up and cleans up materials, furnishings, and equipment for therapy and educational sessions;
- Performs administrative support duties as required;
- Performs computer related duties including updating website and preparing materials for therapy sessions;
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Ability to communicate appropriately with clients and their families, team members, and the public.
- Ability to function and contribute as a team member, maintaining a professional attitude and confidentiality of client and family information.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to produce clear and concise documentation.
- Flexibility and the ability to make changes in response to specific feedback.
- Ability to continuously learn new skills under the supervision of therapists.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision with good organization skills.
- Basic computer skills.
- Physically able to meet the demands of the position.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Graduate of a recognized Therapist Assistant Diploma program
- Or two (2) years or two thousand hours experience and practice working with children under the supervision of a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and / or Physiotherapist;
- Or equivalent combination of education, training and experience working under the supervision of a certified Speech-Language Pathologist or Occupational Therapist.
- Current Emergency First Aid and CPR
- Consent to a Criminal Record Check with RCMP and Solicitor General
- Negative Tuberculin Test
- Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s license and a Driver’s abstract
- Access to reliable transportation
- Physician’s Approval form completed for required duties.