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The Vermilion Association for Special Education is seeking full time certified occupational therapy assistant for a leave in the second semester of the 2023-2024 school year.  VASE serves students from 10 rural districts in Vermilion County. Travel is required. The cooperative employs two additional COTAs and a certified occupational therapist so collaboration is easy!  Numerous professional development opportunities are available and paid for by the association.

Duties include: 
1.  Provide services in the areas of: Gross Motor, Fine Motor/Dexterity, Sensory Integration/Processing, Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor, Functional/Self-Help Skills, Reflex Integration, Neuromuscular Development, Adaptive Equipment Needs/Classroom and School Modifications, Seating and Positioning
 2. Assist in planning physical environments to meet special needs, use, and maintenance of special equipment.
3.  Assist in the development of IEP's.
4. Offer suggestions for the adaptations of educational materials.
5. Act as a team member in the eligibility conference. 
6.  Suggest specific techniques for handling, positioning, mobility, stimulation or inhibition of stimuli.
7. Provide workshops and in-services as needed.
8. Discuss results of assessment with parents and teachers.
9.  Plan home treatment with parents.
10. Assist parents in planning any equipment or home modifications necessary.
11. Keep adequate records and reports in order that progress and present levels of performance can be documented.
12. Maintain communication with the child's physician as needed, including obtaining prescriptions for intervention as appropriate.
13. Assume responsibility for expanding his/her knowledge and professional skills in regard to his/her students and their total educational needs.
14. Supervise COTA students during their clinical placements.


License with the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulations as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant is required.


Wages and benefits are according to the VEA Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Current agreement includes full single health insurance. 

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