Pediatric Therapeutic Services

School-Based Occupational Therapist Jobs near Me

School-Based Occupational Therapist

Are you passionate about improving students’ lives, so they can succeed both in and out of the classroom? At Pediatric Therapeutic Services (PTS), we engage with both Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants (COTAs) who help students achieve their goals. Learn more about what it’s like to engage with PTS as a school-based OT below!

Requirements for Becoming a School-Based OT

To become a Registered Occupational Therapist, you need a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited school. As part of the coursework for your degree program, you need to complete fieldwork, which is divided into Level I and Level II.

Finally, to become registered, you must pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam and apply for a license. By engaging with PTS, you can jumpstart, shift, or advance your career as an OT in a school setting.

The Day-to-Day of a School-Based OT

Whether a student needs support to feel more comfortable in their environment or help to stay organized as they move through the school day, OTs serve a crucial role. The OTs who work alongside us focus on helping students improve in multiple areas, including:

  • Organizational skills
  • Executive functioning skills
  • Attention and concentration
  • Fine motor skills and visual motor coordination
  • Self-regulation, sensory processing, and much more!

Along with providing OT support to students one-on-one, school-based OTs also provide classroom-wide instruction by leading interventions to address common issues, such as difficulty with handwriting.

MTSS & Whole-Child Approach to School-Based OT & Related Services

PTS takes a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Whole-Child Approach to school-based therapy and related services. In addition to containing caseloads and matching students with the right level of support, this cross-disciplinary framework encourages collaboration between service providers, teachers, and school administrators. That means, as an OT engaging with PTS, you can work alongside other service providers to better understand each student’s needs and address the root causes of barriers to their development.

Benefits of Working as a School-Based Occupational Therapist Alongside PTS

At PTS, our approach differs from traditional staffing agencies because we don’t just place you in a school—we go with you. In addition to maintaining lasting partnerships with school districts and facilitating communication between service providers and school administrators, we provide you with ongoing access to support when you need it. After your personalized school placement, you will continue to have access to support from a PTS Clinical Director. Along with that, you will have access to opportunities to continue advancing in your career as well as:
  • Community Facebook group to share resources.
  • Networking opportunities with fellow service providers.
  • Free resource library with therapist-designed interventions.
  • Optional School-Based Academy for new OTs offered every August.
If you want to learn more about contracting alongside PTS, you can download our free eBook, Top 5 Reasons to Join PTS as An Independent Contractor.

Where Can I Find School-Based OT Jobs near Me?

Do you want to work as an Occupational Therapist in a school-based environment? If so, we want to hear from you. Explore current opportunities and submit your application to begin or advance your career as a school-based OT. Contact us at PTS to learn more today. We look forward to hearing from you!
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