Physical Therapy Specialist

Project Description

The Center for Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation in the Philippines has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer to serve as a Physical Therapy Specialist to assist with the development of physical therapy services. Stepping Stone provides diagnostic, therapeutic, educational and pre-vocational services and facilities for students with learning and behavioral difficulties. Children with learning and behavioral disorders belong to a neglected sector of Philippine society, but with proper care and training, they can become independent and even make major contributions to society, and Stepping Stone provides a valuable and much needed service to a marginalized community.

The Physical Therapy Specialist will work closely with a Physical Therapy clinical supervisor to expand classroom-based PT services including planning, pre-teaching and support of students in classroom gross motor activities, sensory-motor regulation activities and PE. The Response Volunteer will also train PT interns by guided instruction and develop a training format for the PT clinical supervisor and university interns to provide effective parent/guardian education through parent training modules, parent observations of treatment sessions, home program development and tracking of home program compliance. The main goal of the assignment is to build the long-term capacity of the organization by enhancing the technical skills of PT interns and expand the development of the PT Department as service delivery increases for its students and outpatients.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in the Philippines together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Center for Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation Inc.

Required Skills

• Licensed Physical Therapist
• At least 5 years working experience in Pediatric Physical Therapy or school-based PT
• Culturally-sensitive to local conditions
• Excellent people skills with demonstrated flexibility and patience
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Philippines

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Medical Considerations

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