Diana Sharpe is currently seeking an occupational therapist to join her busy paediatric OT private practice, and to work as a team member with an extremely dedicated group of  individuals. 


  • A strong desire to work in pediatrics (with children) for a long-term career
  • A strong desire to commit to a small business for at least 2 years
  • A valid Driver's License (ability to travel between locations)
  • A strong work ethic (self-starter and ability to work independently)
  • Willingness to work 1 Saturday/month
  • A cover letter describing the applicants suitability for this position


  • Delivering 45 min-1 hour occupational therapy sessions to children 3-17 years old in a classroom size therapy gym (4-6 clients per day in a shared therapy space) and documenting findings
  • Working with a number of multidisciplinary teams and other professionals (e.g. physiotherapists, behaviour consultants, speech language pathologists, a psychologist, counsellor) in the local community
  • Working between 2-3 sites, and often in a remote manner (requiring excellent written communication skill)
  • Carrying a caseload of (primarily ambulatory) children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and comorbidities, developmental delay, learning disability, developmental coordination disorder, attention deficit, mental health concerns, etc.
  • Delivering mobile OT services (e.g. to small groups at independent schools)
  • Determining which clients on your caseload would benefit from physiotherapy consultation and participating in in a joint therapy session every 2-3 months in this regard working with adolescent clients in their homes and communities working on a variety of goals to increase their social relationships, strength, coordination, functional independence, prepare for employment, etc.
  • attending team meetings, monthly reviews, and school based meetings to learn about the child’s functioning in his/her different physical, social, and institutional environments


  • MSc (OT)
  • Continuing Education Coursework in Pediatrics would be an asset


  • Innovation: being able to design creative and engaging intervention strategies and games to address identified occupational performance issues
  • Clinical reasoning: being able to analyze findings and a large amount of background information and create an analysis and effective plan for intervention
  • Building relationships: being able to be a valuable resource and partner with referral sources including MCFD, foster parents/guardians, teachers, parents, and other professionals
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal 

Desired Work Experience

  • Candidates with previous experience effectively working with toddlers, children and adolescence will be considered first
  • Experience working as an OT is an asset, but not required (new graduates would need to demonstrate their suitability for the above requirements and responsibilities.

*only strong candidates will be invited for 1) telephone call and 2) interview for the position.

**the opportunity to buy into (50/50 split with employer) a benefits package after 3 months of employment is offered to employees who work at least 20 hours/week


  • While this position was posted to fill a vacancy that is left on Mon/Fri beginning January 5th, the part-time or full-time nature of it is negotiable depending on the successful applicant's needs.
  • There is also currently a part-time OT vacancy at the local Child Development Centre (Duncan). This would be another potential opportunity for any candidate, to try to be the successful recipient of both jobs 

Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $35.00 /hour

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For the past 4 years, Diana Sharpe has owned SOS and been dedicated to providing private pediatric services in the South Island funded by the autism funding unit, At Home Extended
school age therapy program, private schools, homeschooling groups, the Ministry of Child and Family Development, and individual parents. From 2004 to 2013 Diana worked at a child
development centre. In 2015 she completed 160 hours of training in the Sensory Integration and Praxis (SIPT) program taught by instructors from the University of Southern California including Stefanie Bodison. Diana is thus able to provide Ayres Sensory Integration therapy as one of her intervention techniques. Diana also has completed Intensive and Advanced training with the Neufeld Institute on optimal child development and the challenging problem behaviours that can arise when things go awry (e.g. anxiety, depression, aggression).

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