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MarcFirst Developmental Therapist in Normal, Illinois

Marcfirst’s mission is to connect families and people with developmental disabilities to their community through a lifetime of meaningful supports. Marcfirst provides a continuum of services and supports for families, children and adults throughout their lifetime including residential, vocational development, employment, high school transition and therapeutic supports for children. Marcfirst envisions a community that encourages and accepts all people.

Marcfirst is seeking a full-time Developmental Therapist. In this role you will provide developmental therapy, screening, special instruction, coordination, linkage, advocacy, and support services to families/children who are developmentally delayed, at-risk for such, and/or diagnosed with a developmental disability, ages birth to 36 months of age. You will be responsible for designing learning environments and activities that promote children’s development including cognitive processes and social interactions.

Pay: Hourly, based on experienceJob Type: Full-time


  • Schedule initial visit with family to secure intake information including medical and social histories on the child/family, preferably in family’s home, for children suspected to be at risk.

  • Administer necessary developmental screening and assessments for children including scoring and reports.

  • Develop, review, and amend Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP) with families, and as appropriate other providers, and Child & Family Connections.

  • Assist in achieving and measuring family outcomes of the IFSP including transition.

  • Initiate referrals to/for ancillary services and resources to enable the child/family to receive the maximum benefit.

  • Act as ongoing Service Facilitator for assigned children/families.

  • Plan and implement group classes for identified children/families when appropriate.

  • Plan and implement developmental therapy intervention sessions in Pediatric Therapy, community, or home as appropriate.

  • As requested by Supervisor, plan and implement community education activities and in-services related to Pediatric activities and early intervention issues.

  • Assist with community interagency activities, e.g. screenings, McLIC, Child & Family Connections, as needed.

  • Attend in-service training annually to obtain and maintain Early Intervention credentialing. Become enrolled in the State EI System.

  • Participate in events scheduled in evening or Saturdays as needed.

  • Assist/facilitate transition process with families.

  • Knowledge of and adherence to agency policies and procedures.

  • Employee may be asked to perform other duties as required by the employer’s business needs.


  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood, Special Education, or field as required by DHS

  • Required coursework as stated by DHS

  • Early Intervention credential not required but preferred

  • Possess knowledge of social services

  • Possess knowledge of child development and family dynamics

  • Previous experience/training in working with children who have special needs preferred

  • Valid Illinois driver’s license with driving record in good standing

  • Current proof of automobile insurance

  • Must be able to successfully pass criminal, DCFS, safe driving background check, TB test and drug screen

    Working Conditions

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    Physical Requirements

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Requests for reasonable accommodations will be reviewed to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit on chairs, stools, and floor; stand; walk; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; frequently required to manipulate fine motor toys with children; and converse with adults and children - some who might be difficult to understand. The employee is occasionally required to climb, taste, or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

    Here are some of the benefits we will offer you:

  • Supportive and positive work environment

  • Professional development, training, and certification opportunities

  • Flexible schedule options

  • Comprehensive benefit plans

  • Paid time off including vacation, personal time, and holidays

    Come grow with us and let us show you why the employees at Marcfirst love what they do!

    Equal Opportunity Employer

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