Characteristics of the Work -Type and Level of Work  


This is a professional position involving consultation and direct contact with, and to, the interdisciplinary team.  The incumbent will work with adults with severe to profound disabilities within a Community Access Day Program.  The Occupational Therapist will consult in and/or out of the room setting, group treatment sessions and/or individual therapeutic intervention.  Ordering of equipment and support for families/guardians are also essential requirements (AADL Authorization is an asset).  Direct consultation with the parents is available as necessary.


The Occupational Therapist reports to the Executive Director.


Chief Responsibilities


  1. Responsible for outlining treatment of client (i.e., individual objectives), to maximize fine motor, gross motor, feeding, or sensory integration.
  2. Provide fine motor, gross motor, and sensory assessment if required for qualification and transition planning.
  3. Responsible for determining level and type of therapeutic intervention required (i.e., individual or group treatment, consultation, etc.).
  4. Evaluation and modification of individual client treatment goals as needed.
  5. Offer direction and supervision to Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT) adhering to ACOT standards. Provide yearly evaluation of strengths, and areas for future growth of ACOT.
  6. Provide classroom intervention/consultation regarding facilitation and carryover of therapeutic aims (i.e. positioning, fine motor targets, and sensory integration strategies).
  7. Assess feeding disorders in conjunction with Speech Language Pathologist, and provide necessary treatment strategies for implementation into the classroom. Referrals to external feeding clinics (i.e., Home Nutrition Support Team, Glenrose Feeding Team) when necessary. 
  8. Authorize AADL equipment and incontinence products.
  9. Assess and provide management strategies and/or equipment for maximized independence in self-care (i.e. toileting, dressing, self-feeding).
  10. Provide home visits, if requested, to assess client need for equipment in the home.
  11. Participate in courses and in-services to upgrade knowledge and skills.
  12. Provide in-servicing and mentoring to staff regarding specific areas of Occupational Therapy (i.e. fine motor, sensory integration, feeding).
  13. Supervise Occupational Therapy students and Occupational Therapy Assistant students from a designated program (i.e., University of Alberta, McMaster, Grant MacEwan).

Education and Experience


  • Must be licensed in Alberta in accordance with Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Experience with the disabled pediatric population is a necessity.
  • Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team is essential.



Conditions of Employment


  • Elves is offering a position for two to three days per week.
  • Elves has a competitive benefit package.



Please contact Mitch Pogonowski, Adult Program Director, at 780.481.5335 for further details.

Resumes can be submitted to attention of Executive Director

Barb Tymchak Olafson
Elves Special Needs Society
10825-142 Street
Edtmonon, Alberta
T5N 3Y7
780 454-5310

Questions can also be directed to Elves Adult Program Director, Mitch Pogonowski at 780 481-5335.
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