Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist

Children’s Learning Center Helen Keller Services for the Blind 
180 Livingston Street, Brooklyn

Established in 1893, Helen Keller Services mission is to enable individuals who are blind or have vision loss to live, work and thrive in their communities of choice. We are a pioneer in the field of blindness rehabilitation and education and now we are expanding into services for preschool children on the Autistic Spectrum. Serving children from birth to age 5, the Children’s Learning Center is the only center in New York City that specializes in serving children who are visually impaired, blind and/or have multiple disabilities and now we are opening classrooms for children on the Spectrum.

This is an exciting time to join our team here at Helen Keller Services. We have opened a new school that we designed from the ground up. The new classrooms are large and well furnished with lots of adaptive toys and equipment. The classrooms have 8 children, 1 teacher and 2 assistant teachers in them. The teaching staff is encouraged to be creative in their lesson planning and learning materials are plentiful. We are centrally located at 180 Livingston Street which is accessible by the B, D, F, A, C, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains. This is a full-time staff position with full benefits including a 403B retirement plan and a tuition reimbursement program. We follow the New York City Department of Education calendar plus a 6-week summer session

We currently have an exciting opening for a Physical Therapist in our Children’s Learning Center.  The Physical Therapist will be responsible for providing 9 to 10 ½ hour Physical Therapy sessions per day for both the Preschool and Early Intervention programs as mandated by preschool IEP’s and Early Intervention IFSP reports.  Number of sessions a day varies as attendance/caseload changes throughout the year.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Conducts evaluations on incoming Early Intervention and preschool students.
  • Conducts the CLC’s Orthotic Clinic twice monthly.
  • Orders adaptive equipment and ensures that each piece of equipment is customized for each child.
  • Writes progress notes for Early Intervention students, 4 times per year per EI student.
  • Writes progress notes for Preschool students, 4 times per year per preschool student.
  • Writes daily session notes for each Early Intervention student.
  • Writes daily session notes into the NYC DOE’s EasyTrac system and ensures that all missed sessions, due to provider not being available, are made up.
  • Communicates on a regular basis with families and Early Intervention service coordinators; phone calls, notes, meetings, approximately once per day.
  • Writes letters to children’s doctors and insurance companies on an as-needed basis, periodic throughout the year, approximately once per month.
  • Attends classroom team meetings once per week.
  • Attends IFSP and IEP meetings on an as-needed basis, periodically throughout the year.
  • Attends professional development workshops.
  • Leads parent workshops on an as-needed basis.
  • Assists classroom staff in incorporating therapeutic strategies with students and within class routines on an as-needed basis.
  • Trains staff and/or Physical therapy interns periodically throughout the year.  Can vary from occasional training to daily training for a 3-month period (for Physical therapy interns)
  • Takes part in equipment and orthotic clinics on an as-needed basis, writing letters of justification for equipment if needed.  
  • Complete paperwork necessary for preschool and EI billing daily.
  • Lead group and individual treatment sessions that address sensory and fine motor issues that allow the child to function better in the class and school-wide environments
  • Support children’s development of play skills and the exploration of toys and other learning materials
  • Help children increase their independence through the development of self-help skills such as eating and dressing
  • Safe physical management of children in the school and community environments, including some children who have behavioral problems--lift children in/out of chairs, safely use adaptive equipment, maintain safety if a child has a tantrum

Education & Experience: 

Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy.  New York State Registration Certificate in Physical Therapy. 

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to hkncrecruitment@hknc.org

Please Send Resume and Cover Letter to: hkncrecruitment@hknc.org