Special Education Developmental Therapist Certificate

400 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY/THERAPY ASSISTANT SERVICES 

Note: Organizations certified to provide Developmental Therapy/Therapy Assistant Services must comply with Sections 100, 200, 1000 and 1100 of this Manual. Individuals certified to provide Developmental Therapy/Therapy Assistant Services must comply with sections 200, 1000 and 1100. 

401 Developmental Therapist:

In order to be certified as a Developmental Therapist for Early Intervention, the individual must:

A. Hold current certification by the Arkansas Department of Education in Early Childhood

Education as a Special Education Instructional Specialist (P-4), Special Education Early Childhood Instructional Specialist (P-4), or Special Education (P-4).

OR

Be currently working toward completion of an Alternate Learning Plan (ALP) approved by the Early Intervention certified organization/entity for whom they work, and submitted to DDS. Documentation shall include a copy of the current teaching license, a copy of the ALP approved by the organization/entity, a copy of the required coursework to include projected dates of completion of an accredited school.

OR

Have completed the DDS approved Developmental Therapist coursework at Arkansas State University or Henderson State University. Documentation must include a copy of the transcript from either institution of higher learning.

B. Provide documentation of completion of the Developmental Therapy Training, Evaluation Interpreter training, and the Report Writing training. (initial certification only)

 

The provider shall maintain documentation of the qualifications specified in 401 A and B on file for review by DDS.

            402 Developmental Therapy Assistant

In order to be certified as a Developmental Therapy Assistant (DTA) for Early Intervention, the individual must be supervised by a Developmental Therapist (DT) who holds a current certification by DDS. Additional certification requirements include:

A. Documentation of completion of the Developmental Therapy, Evaluation Interpreter, and Report Writing         training courses. (initial certification only)

B. Copy of the supervising Developmental Therapists certification

C. Supervision agreement signed by the Developmental Therapist and Developmental Therapy Assistant as specified in the First Connections Service Guidelines.

D. Copies of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarter observation reports as completed by the supervising Developmental Therapist (for re-certification only)

E. Copy of DTA’s annual evaluation by the DT (for re-certification only)

            F. Documentation of 30 hours of in-service training specific to children or children with disabilities (for re-   certification only)

DDS CERTIFICATION STANDARDS FOR EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES EFFECTIVE: November 1, 2007 PAGE 20

 

The provider shall maintain documentation of the qualifications specified in 402 on file for review by DDS.

 

403 It is the responsibility of the Early Intervention certified organization/entity to ensure a Developmental Therapist working under an ALP is completing the required coursework in accordance with the Alternative Learning Plan. Developmental Therapists working under an ALP must submit documentation of completed coursework annually during the period of their ALP in order to maintain certification. ALP’s shall not exceed three (3) years. If, after the end of the three (3) year period, the Developmental Therapist has not completed their ALP, their certification will be revoked.

 



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