HABILITATION THERAPY TECH – Shelby County, TN

DEPARTMENT OF INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, WEST TENNESSEE COMMUNITY HOMES DIVISION, SHELBY COUNTY

Education and Experience: Education equivalent to graduation from high school and experience equivalent to one year of full-time work in teaching, business sales and marketing, or providing services for disabled persons.



Substitution of Education for Experience:
Additional college or technical coursework with at least nine quarter hours in education, a social or behavioral science, industrial arts, nursing or a mental health or human services field from an accredited college, university or technical school may be substituted for the required experience.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: A valid vehicle operator’s license will be required for employment in this position.


Examination Method:
Education and Experience,100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: Under immediate supervision, performs vocational, habilitation therapy technical work of routine difficulty; and performs related work as required.


Distinguishing Features:
This is the technical level therapist class in the habilitation therapy sub-series. An employee in this class works at a developmental center or community home providing vocational, habilitation training, therapy and supervision for intellectually and developmentally disabled clients. This class differs from Habilitation Therapist in that an incumbent of the latter is a professional therapist.

Competencies (KSA’s):

Competencies:

  • Problem Solving
  • Functional/Technical Competency
  • Priority Setting
  • Time Management
  • Command Skills
  • Conflict Management
  • Perseverance
  • Written Communications
  • Compassion
  • Patience


Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for training, teaching, and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of language including the meaning and spelling of words


Skills:

  • Skill of understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Skill of giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
  • Skill of using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • Skill of selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
  • Skill of understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Skill of talking to others to convey information effectively
  • Skill of communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Skill of adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions
  • Skill of teaching others how to do something
  • Skill of bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences
  • Skill of actively looking for ways to help people
  • Skill of being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do


Abilities:

  • The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
  • The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem
  • The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted
  • The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you
  • The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources)
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
  • The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position
  • The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions
  • The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
  • The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects
  • The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene
  • The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears
  • The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part
  • The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists
  • The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs
  • The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue
  • The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself
  • The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs
  • The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position
  • The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects
  • The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you

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