Occupational Therapist

University of South Florida (USF)

Tampa, FL

Job posting number: #7076857

Posted: April 9, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Each child grows at an individual pace, but research shows that a child's first three years are the most important time for learning. Getting help early puts your child on the right path to learn and develop at their full potential.

The University of South Florida Bay Area Early Steps Program holds the Children's Medical Services Early Steps contract for the Bay Area, which covers Hillsborough and Polk Counties. Early Steps is Florida's early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Early Intervention is provided to support families and caregivers in developing the competence and confidence to help their child learn and develop. Effective January 1, 2018, Early Steps eligibility expanded to include an At-Risk category.

Provides comprehensive rehabilitation for acquired, traumatic, or congenital abnormalities. Assesses the patient's needs within the protocol prescribed by the physician. Develops and executes a plan of treatment. Conducts range of motion, thermal, and/or electrical modalities treatments. Provides fine and gross motor coordination exercises. Fabricates dynamic and static splints. Evaluates and documents patient's progress. May instruct medical and therapy students. Performs related administrative and clerical duties. Participates in staff meeting to review progress of patients. Assists with research projects.


This position will involve clinical care. The position will provide direct clinical services to families and children served within the Early Steps program. These services include evaluation and assessment. Development of Individualized Family/Child Goals and Strategies on the Individualized Family Support Plan. Ongoing intervention including: developmental strategies, coaching and mentoring families, team based strategies. Ongoing progress monitoring of patients progress. Delivering difficult news to families; addressing family grief and fear in practice.
This position will participate in ongoing monitoring of internal and community providers related to program requirements. Duties will include IFSP development, quality of intervention service and documentation, timelines, and other service benchmarks as documented in the Early Steps State Office Program Handbook and Operations Guide. This position will work with the Program Director, Assistant Program Director and the Community Compliance & Development Program Coordinator to implement the provider mentoring model in which benchmarks related to the Team Based Primary Service Provider approach are incorporated into their ongoing practice. Duties include the development of internal agency processes to promote family centered care, the team based primary service provider approach and provision of services and supports within the child's typical routines.
This position will also be involved with education and training. The position is responsible for providing education and training to medical students and pediatric residents who rotate through the Early Steps program. This position provides community training and mentoring related to clinical services provided to children and families through the Early Steps program
Other duties as assigned.



Each position assigned to this classification must require specific training at the Bachelor's degree or Master's degree level in Education, Special Education, Psychology, Social Work, or other field appropriate to the program content. Bachelor's degree candidates must have at least two years of applicable experience. The Master's degree may substitute for the required experience. Specific certifications or licensures may be required or preferred for certain program areas.

Requires Florida State Licensure as an Occupational Therapist and 2 or more years of experience with children ages 0-5 years.
Must be able to drive to locations to see children within Early Steps Program, per Early Steps State Office requirements; primarily in Polk and Eastern Hillsborough County.
Spanish and Bilingual.
Knowledge of Florida Early Steps Program or Early Intervention System of Care.

Evening and weekend work may be required at times, as well as on-call duty for emergencies.

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Job posting number:#7076857
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
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United States
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