Occupational Therapist - Clinical Specialist - Augmentative Alternative Communication

 
Position: Occupational Therapist - Clinical Specialist - Augmentative Alternative Communication

Job ID: 158211

Location: US-TX-Houston

Department: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY OP

Talent Area: Therapist

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8a-5p

About Texas Children's Hospital

Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.    Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.     To join our community of 13,000 dedicated team members, visit texaschildrenspeople.org for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at infinitepassion.org

Summary:

We are searching for an Occupational Therapist with experience in Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) for our Pediatric Inpatient Rehab Unit, outpatient, and inpatient areas - someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, the primary focus will be to complete evaluations for different AAC devices as well as environmental controls and modifications to improve patient’s function, and document patient information in Electronic Medical Record according to hospital and departmental guidelines and manage custom AAC selection, paperwork, and funding. You will collaborate closely with the therapists, PM&R physicians, and equipment vendors. In addition, you will plan, evaluate, organize and implement Occupational Therapy (OT) treatment programs in a developmentally and age-appropriate manner for patients ages 0 - adulthood when the need arises.

 

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Responsibilities :

  • Completes Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluations
  • Determines AAC needs as part of a comprehensive team assessment, which addresses all areas related to the patient’s disability and based on the patient’s strengths, tasks, and expectations
  • Documents patient information in Electronic Medical Record according to hospital and departmental guidelines and manages associated paperwork
  • Completes patient evaluations and reassessments in accordance with hospital and department guidelines
  • Develops an individualized plan of care based upon evaluation/reassessment findings according to hospital and departmental guidelines
  • Knowledgeable and familiar with different AAC devices (basic and advanced devices), Assistive Technology devices, and Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADLs) and environmental modification.
  • Clinical skills to know how client’s vision impairment impact’s function
  • Assist in the Assistive Technology and AAC Program development
  • Responsible for managing relationships with vendors and hospital staff
  • Provides clinical support to assigned outpatient clinic or specialty program
  • Provides successful mentorship opportunities to less experienced staff (in area of specialty) as determined by evaluations completed by the “learner”
  • Informs manager or designee of all unsafe and potentially unsafe situations, patient/personal injury, anticipated problems and unusual situations
  • Actively participates in the development and gathering of Quality Improvement information
  • Participates in professional growth activities such as conferences, classes, and staff meetings


Qualifications:

Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required for all employees at Texas Children’s, unless approved for a medical or religious exemption.

  • Degree in Occupational Therapy required
  • OT License from the state of Texas required
  • BLS certification from the American Heart Association preferred
  • 2 years clinical experience preferred
  • Experience with AT evaluation for augmentative communication
  • Experience with alternative access
  • Certification in AT or commensurate (eg. ATP, CSUN certification, university certificate or degree program) preferred
  • Looking for a person who works well with a team, has a background in AT evaluation, selection and implementation


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