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This position is responsible for the assessment and implementation of goals within Occupational Therapy scope of practice for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Part-time or full-time.

The role of the Occupational Therapist includes;

  • Assessment and Therapy in the domain areas of;

    Gross and fine motor, self care, sensory, social/emotional, activities of daily living.

  • Work directly one-to-one with the client and their families.

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to assess the client’s needs and family priorities.

  • Monitor progress, and make updates to goals and plans on a regular basis both by direct observation of the child, as well as by analyzing program data.

  • Train, supervise, and provide regular feedback to Therapy Technicians in regards to Occupational Therapy specific goals.

  • Lead and/or participate in client team meetings.

  • Train/educate family members.

  • Lead and/or participate in education workshops or trainings.

  • Liaise and collaborate with community professionals and governmental agencies. 

  • Write progress and termination reports as required.

  • Stay current on evidence based practices. Present evidence based practice information to team members.

Skills required:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with children, young people and their families, teachers and other key stakeholders. 

  • Ability to translate specialist knowledge into practical information.

  • Ability to plan and manage time effectively to meet goals and outcomes.

  • Collaborate with your team as well as the ability to efficiently work independently.

  • Experience working alongside professionals who specialize in the field of Applied Behavioural Analysis is an asset.

  • Experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder specific coursework, training or workshops is an asset.

To be successful you will;

  • Be eligible for registration with the New Zealand Board of Occupational Therapy with a current Certificate of Practice (or the equivalent). 

  • Hold a Degree in Occupational Therapy (at least a Bachelor's level).

  • Have experience with the delivery of Paediatric Occupational Therapy services to clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other developmental disabilities. 

  • Have clearance from a criminal record check.

  • Have NZ permanent residency/citizenship, or valid NZ work visa (your resume must confirm your eligibility to work in New Zealand).

  • Have a current full driver’s licence.

  • Be able to make at least a 1 year commitment.

What can we offer you?
Acorn Autism presents a unique opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team where you will work closely alongside your colleagues, clients, and their families. All while having the opportunity for a variety of professional development opportunities and challenges.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please either email us your CV, or apply here.