Under the direction of the Program Director, provides developmental screening, assessment, direct service, education and guidance to families of children birth to three years of age who are at risk for, or experiencing developmental delays; uses skills in an area of specialization: education, nursing, occupational, physical, or speech therapy, psychology or social work.
Functions as a multi-disciplinary team member in the screening and developmental assessment of children birth to three years of age who are at risk for or experiencing developmental delays; provides direct services, including “hands-on” treatment, in home and/or center based settings according to the needs of the family and child; assists in service planning for all program participants.
Assesses the family’s needs and explains the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) process, in collaboration with the family and in accord with their stated needs and the developmental needs of the child, develops an IFSP within 45 days of referral to the program; monitors the provision of all services identified in the IFSP; informs the family about and assists in developing a transition plan when children are preparing to leave the Early Intervention Program.
Provides service coordination, supportive family counseling, family support services including interagency coordination, helping families identify other service needs and assessing them (e.g. SSI, financial , equipment, medical, et c.): with parental permission, collaborates with other agencies and medical and social service providers to support the child and the family; empowers families to advocate for their rights and needs.
Provides education and guidance to families regarding individual children’s growth in perceptual/fine motor, gross motor, cognition, language and communication, self-care and personal/social domains, provides information on parenting issues and community services, well baby care, nutrition and home management of specific health problems.
Assists with planning and leading or co-leading center-based groups for children and/or parents, as assigned: plans and carries out activities for the group to address IFSP goals and objectives for each group participants.
Attends regularly scheduled staff meetings and participates in training and ongoing staff development and supervision.
Documents interaction with children and families including the date, duration and content of contact and the discipline of the provider; prepares reports in a timely manner and maintains case records including IFSP updates, assessment reports, transition plans and other forms in accordance with MDPH operational standards and agency policy.
Shares expertise in own specialty through formal and informal teaching of team members and other staff.
Maintains the required productivity requirement of the program.
Performs other duties as required or assigned.
Attends all staff meetings and trainings unless excused by supervisor
Uses all means of agency communication including email, mail (mailbox), and phone (voicemail) to remain well informed of agency activities and client needs
Maintains confidentiality according to agency policy
Meets with supervisor regularly
Minimum educational requirements, in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health operational standards, are as follows:
Nurse: Registered by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, and a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited program or an R.N. who has completed an accredited three-year program and has significant experience with families and young children.
Occupational Therapist: A graduate of a curriculum in occupational therapy approved by the American Occupation Therapy Association and licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Allied Health Professionals.
Physical Therapist: A graduate of a curriculum in physical therapy approved by the American
Physical Therapy Association and licensed by the Board of Allied Health Professionals.
Social Worker/Psychologist: o Social Worker: A Bachelor’s degree and at least an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social
Worker) certification from the Board of Registry for Social Work of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts o Psychologist: A graduate of an accredited Master’s degree program in psychology, educational psychology, counseling psychology, or developmental psychology.
Speech and Language pathologist: Holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) granted by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, and is licensed by the Massachusetts
Board of Allied Health Professions, or is in his/her clinical fellowship year prior to being granted a CCC.
One year of experience in the field of infancy/early childhood.
Massachusetts Driver’s license and car.
Current certification in infant/child CPR and First Aid.