Primary Occupational Therapist
St Andrews School is an international school that believes in a fully inclusive education. In addition to mainstream learners, we cater for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), Speech and Communication Difficulties and Delays and children in need of Social, Emotional and Physical support. We are looking for a caring, enthusiastic and collaborative professional, with relevant experience and qualifications, in the area of Occupational Therapy, to join our dynamic transdisciplinary team.
The successful candidate will be:
A qualified Occupational Therapist who would be responsible for assessing and providing individual and small group OT sessions for children 2-11 years of age. In addition, the role of Occupational Therapist involves integrating sensory, fine motor, motor planning and actions of daily living strategies and activities into classroom based experiences for pupils with learning disabilities, supporting them to access and engage in mainstream curriculum opportunities where appropriate. The successful candidate will be required to lead the implementation of OT targets into the mainstream classroom to ensure that a student can participate in the full breadth of school activities including paying attention in class, concentrating on tasks, holding and using everyday objects functionally and behaving appropriately in class.
They will need to have:
- School and clinical experience
- Worked with Primary aged students with Occupational Therapy needs as well as SEN children with specific learning difficulties such as Asperger’s syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Down's Syndrome and be willing to work with physically disabled pupils, and those with psychological, emotional and social disabilities.
- Used a range of tools and screeners to assess OT needs, following up with formal reports and recommendations for families and relevant professionals as required
- Experience in working closely with families and professional staff to empower them to support children in the following areas:
- Fine motor skills (difficulty manipulating small objects, immature pencil grip, etc)
- Sensory processing (difficulty sitting still, inappropriate responses to sensory stimuli, etc)
- Visual-motor integration (difficulty with letter formation or copying from the board, mixes up letters, etc)
- Gross motor development and/or coordination (often appear clumsy, frequently bump into objects or other people, difficulty sitting upright for table top work, etc)
- Self Care (difficulty with feeding, dressing, grooming, etc)
- Social Skills (difficulty engaging with others appropriately, decreased awareness of social norms, etc).
- Knowledge of specialist equipment and software would be beneficial.
The work as an Occupational Therapist at St. Andrews is varied and challenging and the successful candidate will show:
- Commitment to working with children across our mainstream and special education programs
- Well planned sessions based on assessment results and student targets, producing well sequenced and informed documentation
- Strong communication skills to collaborate with a range of groups such as parents, teachers, learning support staff, educational psychologists and other therapists
- Creative and innovative thinking when designing and implementing specialised and educational programs for students
- An ability to work closely, sensitively and confidently with parents on a range of issues relating to a child’s progress and needs.
- A willingness to structure and manage safe learning environments which are stimulating and modified to suit individual learning styles.
- The flexibility to respond to the needs of the children and adapt or change plans accordingly.
Education and experience :
- Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in the appropriate field and minimum 2 years’ experience.
- Experience in assessing physical and processing delays and disorders
- Experience working in mainstream and special school settings
- Proven positive behavior management skills
- Knowledge and dissemination of current OT practices and methodologies
St Andrews is committed to ensuring the safety of all our students, and expects all staff to share the same commitment (see our Child Protection Code of Conduct). No therapist will be appointed without at least two references, including one from the most recent employer, a 10 year criminal record check and relevant regional Prohibition Order/DBS checks.
If you would like to apply for a position at our school please complete the application process through Jobtrain, accessible via the Nord Anglia Education website:
If you require any further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org The closing date for applications is 31st March 2020, with applications being reviewed as they are received.
St. Andrews International School Bangkok
9 Pridi Banomyong 20/1, Sukhumvit Soi 71
Watthana, Bangkok, 10110 Thailand