Full-Time Classroom Therapy Aide (Education Assistant)
Pacekids Programs is a charitable organization that strives to empower children with special needs and their families through excellence in therapy and education. From as young as six months of age, Pacekids is there to support children with special needs and their families in the home, in the community and in the classroom. Pacekids offers a dynamic, active environment, specializing in therapeutic learning, supporting each child's unique developmental and physical needs.
If you are passionate about helping children with special needs and their families thrive, then Pacekids Programs is the organization for you!
Pacekids offers the challenge and reward of working in an integrated, child and family focused environment – a setting that recognizes and appreciates your contribution and gives you the deep satisfaction of making a real difference.
Pacekids Programs is looking for a full-time Classroom Therapy Aide (CTA) to work in Pacekids’ North (808, 55 Avenue NE) Early Childhood Services (ECS) program. This is a temporary position for the 2021/2022 school year, commencing as soon as possible. The CTA will work from 8:45am-3:45pm Monday through Friday, with additional hours as required for the transportation of students (as early as 7:30am and as late as 5:30pm). Applicants must be able to transport children to and from school daily using their personal vehicle.
The CTA's main responsibility is to work with the teachers and therapy team to support the children in the classroom environment while targeting individual goals outlined in the child’s Individual Program Plan (IPP).
As a key member of the ECS team, the CTA exemplifies Pacekids’ values of collaboration, learning, respect, integrity and accountability, and shares the Pacekids’ vision and mission. Diplomacy, tact, discretion, and conflict resolution skills are necessary as this position has access to highly sensitive and confidential information. The impact of decisions made by this position may affect classroom programming.
CTAs may be assigned one of the following specific areas of discipline for their assigned classroom. Discipline assignments may change depending on the needs of the program.
- Speech Language Therapy CTAs will support the treatment of children within the ECS school program by working with the ECS Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) and Teacher to implement program plans, strategies and activities developed by the SLP for children in the assigned classroom.
- Occupational Therapy CTAs will support the treatment of children within the ECS school program by working with the ECS Occupational Therapists (OT) and Teacher to implement program plans, strategies and activities developed by the OT for children in the assigned classroom.
- Behavioural Therapy CTAs will support the treatment of children within the ECS school program by working with the Behavioural Strategist and Teacher to implement program plans, strategies and activities developed by the Behavioural Strategist for children in the assigned classroom.
- Physiotherapy CTAs will support the treatment of children within the ECS school program by working with the Physiotherapist (PT) and Teacher to implement program plans, strategies and activities developed by the Physiotherapist for children in the assigned classroom.
- General CTAs – may support one of the above disciplines in the absence of a discipline specific CTA in a classroom or may provide additional assistance in one or more of the various disciplines to support the needs of a classroom.
Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Carry out goals and strategies outlined in the IPP.
- Implement any strategies provided by teachers or therapists on an ongoing basis.
- Under the direction of the therapist, schedule, plan and implement discipline specific treatment sessions with therapists, including collecting data for goals and samples for assessments as outlined on children’s Individual Program Plans.
- Provide a fun, positive learning environment that encourages children’s success.
- Assist with classroom organization and cleaning and activity prep in order to ensure the smooth running of the classroom.
- Provide discipline specific therapists with feedback regarding a child’s progress with goals. Attend discipline specific meetings and case conferences, as required.
- Attend any trainings or meetings as required by Pacekids.
- Support the development of daily living skills which may include feeding, dressing, and toileting.
- Encourage independent and supported play.
- Utilize adaptive equipment to promote mobility and independence.
- Facilitate the development of communication skills, which may include the use of assistive technology, sign language or picture symbols.
- Provide transportation to one or more children in their own vehicle or in a Pacekids van.
- Adhere to all of Pacekids’ policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Submit accurate timesheets and mileage record sheets.
- Follow all processes outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety program, including reporting and recording any concerns of abuse or neglect, transportation or other safety incidents.
What You Bring
Core competencies and qualifications:
- High School Diploma
- Current Alberta driver's license with ability to get Class 4 license
- Must have access to a reliable and well maintained vehicle that can transport a minimum of two children
- Clean driver's abstract
- Experience working with children with special needs
- Experience in Occupational, Speech, Physio, or Behaviour Therapy is an asset
- Proficiency in the English language, both written and verbal
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds
- Must be able to move quickly in response to a child; must be able to work at the child's level. This requires, but is not limited to bending, sitting on the floor and sitting on a stool
- Able to commit to a minimum of 1 year for rapport and continuity
- Must own a vehicle and be willing to drive to various parts of the city
- Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with children, families and staff
- Be adaptable and flexible
- Excellent teamwork skills
- Maintain confidentiality at all times
- Current Standard First Aid and CPR – level C certification; can be obtained upon hire within a designated time frame
- Clearance from a Criminal Record Check, including a Vulnerable Sector check, current within the last six months; can be obtained upon hire within a designated time frame
- Clearance from a Child Intervention Record Check, current within the last year; can be obtained upon hire within a designated time frame
- Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to start date or agreement to participate in regular rapid testing at the staff member's expense
What We Offer
We are proud to offer a package that aligns with our values:
- A fun, supportive and energetic team
- An environment that encourages feedback and growth
- A competitive compensation package that includes generous sick and personal time entitlements
- A genuine understanding of work and life demands, offering options to help balance personal and work life
- Support for professional development including extensive in-house learning and development programs
- The opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the lives of children and families
Pacekids Programs is an equal opportunity employer. We appreciate a diverse workforce and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the grounds of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, source of income, or sexual orientation.
If you require accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the hiring process, please direct your inquiries to Pacekids’ Human Resources team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pay Type Hourly