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Occupational Therapist Assistant/ Physiotherapist Assistant

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Full Time

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Clinical Manager

Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant (3 x 1.0 FTE 12 MONTH CONTRACT) 

The Children's Centre is seeking a total of four (4) Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant (OTA/PTA). Three are full-time, 12 month contracts and one is a part-time, permanent position.

The OTA/PTA may provide intervention programs individually and in groups based on the goals outlined by the supervisor. The role also includes preparation of therapy materials to assist OTs and PTs, planning of therapy sessions for clients on the OTA/PTA caseload, assistance with program management and waitlist, as well as promotional activities.

As an employee of Niagara Children's Centre, an OTA/PTA may be assigned to one or more services. These include single and interdisciplinary services, and specialized programs provided by the Centre. It may also include being part of the Extensive Needs Initiative.  

Specific Responsibilities:

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Treatment planning: Prepare a child's intervention plan in order to target the goals outlined by the supervising clinician. This may include selecting activities, creating, organizing and preparing materials, observing assessments, researching intervention information, therapy ideas or equipment information, attending meetings, scheduling appointments and preparing home programs.
  • Intervention: carry out intervention based on goals outlined by the supervisor and in conjunction with the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy College position statements on Supportive Personnel. Service delivery models may include direct or group interventions, home programs, or parent training sessions and may take place in a variety of sites (home, schools, child care, OEYCs, or satellite offices) and in conjunction with our community partners.
  • Reporting: Keep supervisor and other team members informed regarding child's progress and performance both orally and in written form. This includes reporting changes in performance, medical changes, family situations or any other relevant information that could impact the child's progress and therapy.
  • Administration: Maintain and input information into relevant databases.
  • Record keeping: Make detailed daily progress notes of the child's outcomes, maintain statistics charting in health records
  • Therapy Material and Equipment: Maintain order and organize therapy materials and all therapy equipment

Health and Safety:

The Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant (OTA/PTA) will comply with the duties assigned to Workers as per Section 28 of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Accountability and Freedom to Act:

This position is subject to standardized practices and procedures, general work instructions, and supervision of progress and results. Program plans are prepared and implemented under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist. The position is also subject to Centre policies and procedures and to the regulations of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and College of Physiotherapists of Ontario that limit clinical performance.

Key Relationships:

The Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant is concerned with the effectiveness of all relationships that affect the Centre. The following are particularly significant to the position:


  • Children their families and caregivers
  • Community partners
  • Representatives and distributors of therapy equipment and supplies 


  • Immediate supervisor(s)
  • Clinical managers and staff
  • Volunteers and students

Performance Factors:

In assessing the performance of an incumbent in this position, the following factors will be utilized as appropriate:
  • Workload – the number of clients seen relative to established standards
  • Clinical outcomes – the degree to which care plans are followed and goals achieved
  • Documentation – the accuracy, relevance and timeliness of assessments, progress notes, data entry and other documentation
  • Relationships – the level of cooperation and collaboration with clients and families, staff from other agencies, and other therapists at the Centre

Position Specifications:

The minimum specifications for an incumbent will include:
  • Graduation from an Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant program at a recognized college/university
An incumbent will be expected to have the following knowledge and skills:
  • A sound understanding and skill in the practice of pediatrics
  • Sufficient computer literacy skills. Extensive computer literacy is required for some positions
  • The ability to work effectively with children
  • The ability to manage a caseload, particularly under multiple supervisors
  • Access to a vehicle and possession of a driver’s license valid for the province of Ontario is required
  • A current criminal reference check for vulnerable populations
  • CPR certification
  • Evidence of non-violent crisis intervention training

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