Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
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When you choose a career with Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, you give of yourself – of your heart and of your soul – to improve lives and ultimately to change lives. And at the end of the day, that feels pretty good!
Join our dynamic team of professionals providing early intervention services to young children with diagnosed disabilities and developmental delays through our Birth to Three Program in Waukesha County. As a Physical Therapist, you will provide eligibility evaluations, family support, and on-going early intervention services identified on the Individual Family Service Plan. Working closely with a team of professionals, services are provided within the natural environment and using a Primary Coach Approach to Teaming (PCATT) framework. The Birth to Three Program is a Federal and State mandate guided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with the primary purpose to support families by building their capacity to improve the functional development of their child.
As a Physical Therapist, completes eligibility evaluations on children with developmental concerns and provides early intervention services, as a team member, to families with children who qualify for the program. Provides early intervention services designed to enhance child development within the context of family, focusing on strategies that promote parent-child interaction and functional skill development.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.
• Completes eligibility evaluations and assessments as assigned.
• Works as a team member, demonstrating expertise as a physical therapist, to assist families in fostering the development and learning of their child.
• Focuses on family driven priorities as the foundation for development of outcomes and the implementation of services.
• Provides ideas, strategies, and techniques to families and team members to enhance the child’s development within the context of their everyday lives. All ideas, strategies, and techniques focus on improving developmental skills that improve the child’s ability to function within daily routines.
• Provides services in such a way that takes into account that a child’s greatest resource is the family. Works in partnership with parents in any activity that serves their child.
• Provides services to families through support and adult learning, helping families to identify strengths, maximize parent-child interactions, and work toward fostering the development of their child.
• Participates as an active team member in Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings.
• Participates in staff meetings to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate services provided in order to meet “best practice” criteria and the needs of participants and their families. This includes identifying and utilizing materials that are accessible and familiar to the family.
• Coordinates services through consultation and collaboration with other professionals.
• Establishes and maintains effective public and working relationships with other staff, families, volunteers, and community organizations.
• Participates in professional development to ensure fidelity of practice.
• Other duties as required.
Working for Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan includes:
- Mileage reimbursement
- Paid Time Off
- Service Awards and Recognition
- Ability to Contribute to 403 B
- Employee Assistance Program
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Upon offer, candidates must successfully complete the necessary background, caregiver, medical and any other checks required, according to program requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy is required.
• Two years previous experience working as a pediatric physical therapist, to include relevant experience working with families and children with disabilities in natural environments is required.
• Ability to complete continuing education as required by this program, professional organizations and /or regulatory agencies.
• Knowledge of federal, state, and local rules and regulations governing Birth to Three Programs.
• Knowledge of the philosophy and delivery of early intervention services.
• Considerable knowledge of modern principles and practices used in physical therapy for children and their families.
• Working knowledge of techniques that promote positive behavior and success in young children.
• Working knowledge of techniques and strategies effective for adult learning (parents and care providers).
• The ability to establish effective working relationships with all stakeholders. An ability to work with diverse populations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
• Must have a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements.
• Licensure in Physical Therapy from the State of Wisconsin (or applicable state) is required.
TRAVEL: Daily travel is required for this position. Some overnight travel may be required
LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.