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Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center

Recreational Therapist (CTRS)

Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center


Job Summary


We are licensed professionals, but first we are Christ-followers with a mission to “serve Jesus Christ by caring for His children.” Special Kids offers professional services to children ages birth months through 21 years.  Rec Therapists at Special Kids’ Kleinau Nursing Center serve medically fragile children who need skilled nursing care, in collaboration with other disciplines and nursing. Would prefer a minimum of 3 years of experience.

Assists with planning, organizing, and directing medically-approved recreation program for children in the Skilled Nursing and Equip programs.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assesses children’s needs through observations, medical records, GRST assessment, and talking with other healthcare professionals, and the children’s family.
  • Plans and implements therapeutic recreational activities for an assigned caseload of patients that meet their needs and interests.
  • Records, tracks, and analyzes child’s progress through documentation daily in electronic medical records and CERT and GRST assessments.
  • Evaluates interventions for effectiveness and make adjustments as needed.
  • Develops and maintains a constructive and ongoing rapport with children and parents.
  • Assists (and plans as assigned) therapeutic outings, special guest/volunteer visits, and special events at the Nursing Center.
  • Assists nurses and Recreational therapy techs with transfers and ambulation of children.
  • Reports all changes or observations of children’s condition to nurse.
  • Assists in productions for Nursing Center children to perform (may assist in planning if needed).
  • Assists with personal care needs including assistance with diaper changes/toileting along with providing hygiene or grooming assistance to patients.
  • Implements behavior modification program.
  • Don/Doff all assistive equipment and devices.
  • Assists children during meal and nap times.
  • Leads group Bible study and/or prayer as assigned.
  • Collaborates with other Recreational therapists to ensure the department is fostering therapeutic and educational environment that is consistent, and to implement grant requirements.
  • Collaborates and consults with Therapy center therapists and nurses to determine a holistic treatment plan and recommend or make changes based on individual observations and evaluations.
  • Collaborates with Equip teachers in order to develop educational plans for Skilled Nursing children within Equip classrooms.
  • Maintains a clean and tidy room, cleans and sanitizes equipment and toys consistent with health and safety standards.
  • Meets monthly with Lead Recreational Therapist.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, and participates in other activities to promote professional growth.



Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in Therapeutic Recreation or other related field.


Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have basic computer skills and the ability to learn new software and web-based applications such as electronic medical records.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Certified Therapeutic Specialist (CTRS) certification required and CPR certification required.


Additional Qualifications

  • Servant’s heart.
  • Passion to serve the children and their families.
  • Willingness to go the extra mile.
  • Team minded and focused.
  • Joyful in spirit.
  • Follows chain of command.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Creative problem solving skills.


Additional Information



How to Apply

To apply, please visit- Special Kids, Inc. – Job Opportunities (


  • Date Posted: October 18, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)