Bellavista School is an independent preparatory school in Johannesburg for children with learning potential who are experiencing specific or generalised learning difficulties that prevent them from achieving success in a mainstream school environment. We aim to encapsulate every child’s strengths and promote these, whilst developing coping strategies to overcome areas of weakness. To work at Bellavista School, a staff member must have a desire to engage intense and ongoing professional development, personal resilience, a sincere belief in the potential of every child and a strong collaborative style.
Are you an energetic, vibrant Occupational Therapist with a passion to see children learn and grow? Bellavista School is a small independent school, with a big vision, nestled in Birdhaven, Johannesburg. Our co-educational environment caters for children from Grade R to 7. Our stated mission is to deliver excellence in education to children who experience barriers to learning and to equip them with life skills enabling them to embrace their future.
The Occupational Therapist is responsible for the design and execution of the therapy support and intervention programme pertaining to his or her area of expertise and to the learners assigned to the caseload each year. The therapist is part of a multidisciplinary team who undertakes to jointly monitor and facilitate the learners’ personal and scholastic progress in the context of that team. The therapist organises and evaluates the intervention process, attends and contributes to case conferences, manages therapy and assessment documentation, assesses, prepares reports, encourages the development and use of cognitive strategies by the learners, disciplines the learners and manages the emotional wellbeing of the children in his/her care. The therapist undertakes to engage the parents in a collaborative manner. The therapist participates in the full life of the school, assuming additional responsibilities as determined by the needs of the school
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
In addition to a four year professional qualification, training and experience in the practice of Sensory Integration is desirable. Five years’ experience in Occupational Therapy practice with, ideally, at least one year of this experience in a school based setting.
OTHER IDENTIFIED COMPETENCIES:
- Intermediate ITC user proficiency
- Strong organisational skills and a high level of precision and accuracy
- Positive collaborative and interpersonal skills
- Sense of responsibility, commitment and accountability
- Problem solving ability
- Reflective practice
- High levels of communication skill (spoken and written)
- Substantive understanding of the field
Applications can be addressed to
Email: [email protected]
Closing date of application: 15 February 2023
Position commences: 1 June 2023 and concludes 30 November 2023
Please note that Bellavista School reserves the right to screen submissions for suitable candidates and only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.