Specialist, Early Intervention

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Ontario West
London, ON
Job description
  • Conducts initial and ongoing assessments for children of various age groups with vision loss.  Assists client and their family in developing habilitation goals.
  • Develops individual intervention/therapeutic programs to assist children with vision loss in developing motor, visual, cognitive, self care, social, literacy and sensory skills in accordance with vision habilitation goals
  • Evaluates clients' progress to revise service plans and implement programs that address client and family needs.
  • Assesses environmental conditions, accessibility and safety in settings that the child encounters (home, preschool, playgrounds, etc.)
  • Provides support and information to parents and caregivers on methods and techniques for helping to overcome barriers to inclusion.  Provides support and information to parents/caregiver to enhance advocacy skills.
  • Acts as a consultant/resource to the professional and service community regarding issues pertaining to children with vision loss including children with additional disabling conditions.
  • Provides interventions and supports to the child and family in the form of: direct interventions; resources and information; collaboration with other programs and service providers; presentation; and transition planning.
  • Completes required documentation including assessments, progress reports, statistics on service delivery, etc.
  • Keeps abreast of current materials, technology, standards of practice related to providing service to children with vision loss by review of professional literature, attending conferences/workshops and accessing other current sources of information.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Knowledge of childhood normal and abnormal development including extensive understanding of childhood disabilities
  • Demonstrated understanding of vision loss in children is an asset
  • Experience working with children with additional impairments
  • Training related to specialized seating and positioning, feeding, adaptive technology and sensory integration is an asset
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to build trusting relationships with children and families
  • Experience supervising volunteers and support personnel an asset
  • Ability to utilize computer and software programs
  • Excellent facilitation skills both in groups and individual situations'
  • good organization and time management skills

Experience and Education

  • Occupational therapy degree or undergraduate in Early Childhood Education with a pos-graduate in Resource Teaching (or recognized equivalency)
  • Knowledge of normal and abnormal early childhood development
  • 3 or more years experience working with children with vision loss as well as children with additional disabling conditions is an asset
  • A valid driver's license is required.
Working conditions
  • Willingness to work flexible hours
  • Willingness to work in a variety of settings (in client home, outdoors, daycare, etc.)
  • Travel may be required
Application and contact information

CNIB strives to establish and maintain an inclusive workplace and believes that the diversity of our workforce is an invaluable asset. CNIB is committed to following recruitment and selection practices based on merit, transparency, accessibility and inclusion ensuring that all candidates are given a fair opportunity for employment with CNIB.

To help ensure that this commitment is met, CNIB is committed to working with all candidates that require an accommodation. If you require an accommodation, please let us know what accommodation you require and CNIB will work with you to meet your needs at every stage of the recruitment and selection process.

For more information or to submit your resume, please contact lisa.tyrrell@vlrehab.ca

Please send cover letter and resume, and mention how you learned of this position.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to pass a standard Criminal Record Check.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CNIB, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.