Child development center assistants work directly with lead therapists and
care coordinator with therapeutic activities across all developmental domains.
Major duties include implementing behavioral and skill development programs in
individual or small group situations under supervision of care coordinator,
lead therapist, and/or nurse. Therapeutic Activities: 1) Learn and implement
the behavioral management program for each patient under the supervision of
the care coordinator and lead therapist. This includes providing appropriate
feedback to patients on their academic and social or emotional classroom
behavior through attending, ignoring, cautioning and other behavioral
techniques determined by the lead therapist. Also includes the ability to
remain consistent with the prescribed program and demonstrating the ability to
set and enforce appropriate limits on patients’ social and emotional behavior
in the classroom through prescribed management techniques as determined by the
lead classroom therapist. 2) Instruct patients in basic developmental or
academic skills employing materials and curriculum methods determined by the
lead therapist. 3) Remediate basic skill deficits of patients by employing
prescribed remedial or special education methods and materials determined by
the lead therapist. 4) Instruct patients in basic self care and daily living
skills such as toileting, self feeding, hygiene, and dressing skills. Unit
activities also include: 1) Implementing various recreational, skill,
behavioral, or socialization activities in groups with patients on the unit.
2) Duties also include written and oral reports on patient progress and
occasional substitution for other staff, in their absence, in regard to unit
activities and classroom teaching.
BA or BS in related field required. Previous experience working with young
developmentally disabled and children with autism in psychiatric unit and
therapeutic settings is REQUIRED. Previous coursework in autism and
intervention REQUIRED. Willingness to learn specified techniques to provide
instruction and manage behaviors for young developmentally disabled children.
Skill in speaking clearly and distinctly using appropriate vocabulary grammar
to obtain and convey information to individuals or groups in various
professional mental health disciplines and to parents. Ability to establish
and maintain effective working relationships with persons in various
educational and professional mental health disciplines. Skill in working as
part of a team; collaborating with colleagues. Ability to accept equivocal
circumstances in special education classroom and psychiatric hospital
situations and take action when answers to a problem are not readily apparent.
UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,
disability, or protected Veteran status.