The IDD Occupational Therapists provide evaluation and treatment services for outpatient and inpatient clients at the CDRC clinics, OHSU satellite clinics in which pediatric rehabilitation services are available, and Doernbecher Childrens Hospital. The department also offers clinical training to occupational therapy students from universities throughout the U.S. CDRC serves as an exemplary local, state, and national resource through our commitment to excellence in interdisciplinary clinical practice, research, education, policy development, and community service.
The occupational therapist provides individual and multi-disciplinary team evaluations. These data are used to identify the clients needs, provide recommendations for appropriate service delivery, and establish treatment goals and objectives. The occupational therapist also provides individualized therapeutic interventions, develops and implements a treatment plan, and assists in the process of discharge planning and/or care coordination (including post-hospitalization placement and coordinating with other service providers such as early intervention, school systems or private practice). Occupational therapy services are intended to improve functional independence in self-care, work/school, and play/leisure and may be pivotal to client discharge from the hospital, community integration, academic/professional success and/or quality of life. These services may include, but are not limited to: ADL (activities of daily living) training, energy conservation strategies, splint fabrication and monitoring, exercise for improved functional range of motion/strength/endurance, sensory integration activities, perceptual/cognitive training, assistive technology, and provision of appropriate adaptive equipment.
This position requires skills to both evaluate a clients functional performance and participation in activities of daily living and provide appropriate therapeutic interventions to improve or enhance functional performance and independence. Assessment areas may include, but are not limited to: clients daily routines of self-care, feeding, play, school-related activities, sensory integrative and perceptual-motor processing, motoric abilities, prevocational skills, and community living skills. Therapeutic intervention is provided to develop functional independence and may include biomechanical, developmental, neurodevelopmental, sensory integrative, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Assistive technology, splinting, and adaptive devices are also used as need to achieve functional therapeutic goals. Parent or caregiver education and training is an integral part of this position. This position requires that the occupational therapist have the ability to assume play and therapeutic positions on the floor or at the childs level as well as the capacity to lift and carry up to 40 pounds. This occupational therapist must demonstrate an ability to document evaluations, develop appropriate treatment plans & recommendations, and provide appropriate referrals. Therapists must be available to work on weekends and holidays for inpatient occupational therapy services.