Aberdeen School District 5

Aberdeen , WA

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Job Description

7.5 hours per day/School days/On-going


All candidates who wish to be considered for this position must have High school diploma or equivalent, AND successful completion of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) ParaPro Assessment, OR 72 quarter or 48 semester credits at an institution of higher education (official transcript is required), OR an Associate’s (or higher) degree (official transcript is required.) and submit the online employment application.  Current school district employees are required to complete the internal online application process.





Position Summary:


Under the supervision of an occupational therapist, this position will perform treatment interventions to assist students with motor development, orthopedic/health impairments and/or multiple handicaps. Depending upon individual school needs, the position may perform any or all of the following duties.


Required qualifications:



  • Community college and/or vocational degree with study in job-related area
  • COTA Washington State License required.

Primary Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Adapts equipment (e.g. seating, tables, desks, computer hardware, etc.) for the purpose of providing optimal positioning and increased independence for special education students.
  • Assists in the assessment of students’ fine motor and development skills (e.g. objective assessments, student observation, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and/or receiving information.
  • Consults with occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, teachers, class assistants, families, etc. for the purpose of providing requested information, reviewing/revising students’ occupational therapy goals/objectives, developing plans for services and/or making recommendations.
  • Develops individual treatment strategies for the purpose of addressing students’ functional needs.
  • Implements treatment plans developed by Occupational Therapist for the purpose of achieving students’ functional goals.
  • Maintains files and/or records (e.g. progress reports, billings, activity logs, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities and/or ensuring an up-to-date trail for compliance.
  • Maintains treatment equipment and supplies (e.g. swings, balls, puzzles, etc.) for the purpose of implementing motor/therapy goals.
  • Performs site visits at multiple work sites including home visits for the purpose of providing therapy and assistance as required.
  • Prepares written materials (e.g. activity logs, progress notes, reports, memos, Medicaid billings, time studies, summer activities packets, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference and/or conveying information.
  • Provides home visits and/or summer therapy services for the purpose of delivering services in conformance with established guidelines.
  • Provides training and instruction to teachers on the use of assistive devices for the purpose of ensuring such devices are used safely and optimal benefits are achieved.
  • Reports incidents and observations (e.g. suspected child abuse, suspected substance abuse, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining personal safety of students, providing a positive learning environment and adhering to district, state and federal regulations.
  • Researches resources and methods (e.g. intervention and treatment techniques, assessment tools and methods, assistive devices, etc.) for the purpose of determining the appropriate approach for addressing students’ functional goals.
  • Transports a variety of items (e.g. assistive devices, assessment tools, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of materials required for therapy sessions.
  • Troubleshoots problems with assistive devices (e.g. computer technology, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring that equipment is in proper working order and/or providing alternative strategies.
  • Assists other personnel for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.



  • Knowledge of correct grammar, spelling and English usage. 
  • General knowledge of office practices, procedures, and equipment.
  • Ability to understand and execute verbal and written instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the use of adaptive equipment, occupational therapy models, practices and theories.
  • Ability to handle students with behavioral and physical handicapping conditions.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, staff, and the general public.
  • Ability to realize performance limitations and an awareness of when it would be appropriate to seek help from the supervising occupational therapist.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and be flexible to meet deadlines.


Equal Opportunity Employer: Aberdeen School District complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.  Inquiries regarding compliance procedures may be directed to Jim Sawin, Title IX Officer (360) 538-2222 and Roger Heinrich, Section 504/ADA Coordinator (360) 538-2018.  Aberdeen School District No. 5, 216 North G Street, Aberdeen, Washington  98520.

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