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Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist

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Position Type 
Regular Full-Time
Sub Category 
COM Kids First Lowell Occ Pysical Therap
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This position is located in Lowell, Arkansas


KIDS FIRST serves children with special healthcare needs ranging in age from six weeks to five years. In our pediatric day healthcare clinics, children diagnosed as having a medical condition known to place them at risk for developmental delays and disabilities receive intensive intervention.


The Occupational Therapist provides evidence-based best practice evaluation and therapy techniques for the birth to 5 population with a variety of fine motor delays/disorders at UAMS Kids First clinic. 


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
  • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

Salary offered commensurate to experience


  1. Provides fine motor assessment and treatment using evidence-based techniques in a naturalistic, developmentally appropriate manner; Evaluates to determine fine motor skills, visual perceptual motor skills, sensory processing and self-help skills in addition to upper extremity strength, range of motion, muscle tone, dynamic sitting/standing balance for functional task and trunk stability using appropriate diagnostic instruments; and determines the need for adaptive equipment and splinting needs.
  2. Reviews results of standardized scores along with informed clinical judgment and observations to make  correct diagnosis.
  3. Translates obtained information into a professional, typed document along with treatment recommendations, developing appropriate goals and objectives as related to patient’s needs; Confers with the Medical Director when necessary regarding said results/recommendations; and Implements direct therapy for children, based upon findings using evidence-based techniques.
  4. Continually monitors progress and makes modifications to treatment plan as needed.
  5. Documents services provided, prepares and provides billing documents according to KIDS FIRST and Medicaid guidelines on a weekly basis, and verifies accuracy billing documents through careful review of progress notes, treatment room sign-out forms, and child’s individual prescription requirements.
  6. Collaborates and communicates with families, other therapists, nurses, social workers, director, developmental staff, and contractors to provide the best quality of care and optimal outcomes for each child.
  7. Encourages families to take an active role in supporting their child’s development using the principles of Family Centered Care.
  8. Supports the academic mission of the Kids First program, including participation in the training of students and pre-service professionals, education and outreach to stakeholders, families served, and community partners. 
  9. May perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy PLUS two (2) years of experience in Occupational Therapy OR Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy or related field.
  • Certified by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) or eligible to apply for the examination
  • Current Arkansas Occupational Therapy License or eligible to obtain license within 1 month of hire date
  • Intermediate computer skills (MS Office preferred)
  • Valid driver's license, reliable transportation with current liability insurance and a willingness to use vehicle for occasional travel related to work

Candidate must pass state abuse registry checks, drug screen, submit to a TB skin test and required immunizations or provide proof of immunizations.

Physical Requirements

Stand: Frequently
Sit: Occasionally
Walk: Frequently
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Continuously
Talk: Frequently
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Occasionally
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Classroom Setting, Inside Medical Facility Environment, Outdoor Weather Conditions
Noise Level: Moderate
Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
Hazards: Biological