Therapist/Early Intervention Specialist Job Description

  • Implement Treatment Plans: The Early Intervention Therapist works directly with children with special needs according to treatment plans and specifications provided by senior SCS Personnel and Clinical Case Supervisors.  The Therapist attends clinics and treatment meetings where he or she provides input into the development of treatment plans.
  • Track Progress: The Early Intervention Therapist keeps clinic notes and uses behavioral tracking forms to monitor progress.
  • Coach Parents: The Early Intervention Therapist coaches parents in the implementation of treatment plans.  He or she also keeps track of parents’ progress on parent education goals.
  • Provide Clinical Feedback to the Treatment Team: Therapists meet with the Clinical Case Supervisor and/or Psychologist twice monthly to provide feedback on treatment progress and needs
  • Parent Education: Help Parents and/or professional staff such as Teachers and Paraeducators (Stakeholders) understand the behaviors of concern in the contexts of their environments and the child/Student’s development and relationship capacities
    • Collaborate with Stakeholders in developing appropriate responses and teaching techniques; ability to use Active Listening techniques and to build a trusting and respectful relationship with parents
    • Help Stakeholders learn systems for understanding their child or Student’s behavior and development so that they can do so on their own after brief treatment is completed
    • Demonstrate techniques if necessary (the emphasis is mainly on Stakeholder Coaching however, rather than treating behavior directly)
    • Assess and Monitor progress of behavior and teach Stakeholders how to do it
    • Complete Quarterly Reports of Progress and Recommendations

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (minimum) in Behavioral Science, Psychology, Education, Child Development or related fields; Master’s Degree preferred and/or
  • One year (minimum) experience with the implementation of behavioral (ABA) or Relationship-based ABA (RDI; DIR/Floortime) treatment plans
  • Personal experience as a parent of a child with Special Needs
  • Proficiency in at least one of the major evidence-based ABA or Relationship-Based techniques; ability to explain basic principles and describe/implement basic techniques with children
  • Prefer extensive knowledge of child development and parenting