Child Development Specialist - Peds
The Department of Pediatrics has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Child Development Specialist – Pediatrics. The Child Development Specialist works with children, their parents, and educators in assessing a child’s development needs, deficiencies, and goals. Moreover, the incumbent offers parents and caretakers advice on how to best overcome the challenges presented by developmental issues.
Participates as a team member in the evaluation and ongoing assessment of children’s developmental functioning using formal and informal testing measures and tools to examine the cognitive, gross/fine motor development, language, social-emotional, and self-help skills of infants and toddlers at risk for or presenting with developmental delays. Assessment focuses on use of standardized psychological measures of development.
Provides services in natural environment, i.e. in the home and community, to play a pivotal role in providing and/or coordinating early intervention services to the family within the community. Provides direct instruction to families and other caregivers on strategies to meet identified individualized needs and outcomes as written on the IFSP.
Works in a leadership role to assess, plan, provide, coordinate, and evaluate early intervention services and strategies in a natural environment using a consultative approach.
Interprets developmental/medical assessment and evaluation results for families as part of a team. Interpret results of assessments under the supervision of a Ph.D. Psychologist.
Develops an individualized plan of care including natural environments based on child and family assessments and the Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) as part of a team. Implement individualized developmental plans with infants and children 0-3 and/or their parents via individualized intervention sessions. Participates in updating and implementing the IFSP. Provide direct instruction to families and other caregivers on strategies to meet identified individualized needs and outcomes as written on the IFSP.
Collaborates with multidisciplinary team to determine the best available service for the child/parent within the community.
Educates parents about the child’s strengths and weaknesses and developmental needs by participating in the Family Support Planning Process.
Evaluates developmental progress as necessary to determine efficiency of interventions.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.
Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in early childhood or early childhood/special education, child and family development, family life specialist, communication sciences, psychology, or social work.
Three years of relevant work experience required, including at least one year of experience working with infants and/or toddlers with special needs and/or developmental delays and their families.
Bilingual English/Creole preferred.
Knowledge of early childhood development.
Knowledge of standardized psychological assessment practices.
Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices and assessment techniques.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, children, parents, and the public.
Ability to plan and carry out a sound program monitoring system.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to multitask.
Any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience and/or certifications may be considered.