MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Establishes program goals for children with communicative handicaps.
Makes necessary physical arrangements at each site for program implementation.
Arranges suitable schedule for speech and language screening.
Establishes a record keeping system for maintaining student records in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.
Screens students to determine those who need speech and language therapy.
Obtains permission for appropriate diagnostic testing, administers those tests.
Conducts conferences with parents, school personnel and other professional personnel to acquire necessary information for complete appraisal of students’ communicative abilities and needs.
Participates in the writing of each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Exchanges pertinent information with teachers regarding children who will be scheduled for speech and language therapy.
Schedules students for speech and language therapy; provides speech and language therapy as scheduled.
Offers suggestions for teacher consideration of speech and language activities which might be beneficial for children exhibiting communicative disorders.
Makes referrals to school personnel and other professional personnel when applicable.
Arranges for necessary materials and equipment for therapy activities.
Keeps student records in accordance with the regulations of the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District, State Department of Education and Federal government.
Insures that total program is in accord with local district policy.
Administers applicable diagnostic tests to determine whether students’ needs have been met, i.e., IEP goals and objectives of speech and language therapy.
If therapy goals and objectives are not achieved, implements alternate program(s) or makes appropriate referral.
Dismisses students when communicative needs have been met; re-evaluates periodically.
Makes complete report on each student for necessary files.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Attends professional conference, workshops and advanced courses in communicative and allied professional fields.
Reads current journals and literature in communications and allied professional fields.
Reviews new materials and equipment.
Actively participates in local, state and national professional speech and hearing organizations.
Attends local meetings when requested and scheduled professional staff meetings.
Speaks to professional, parent and community groups as requested.
Credential: Appropriate California credential(s) for providing speech and language therapy services.
Experience: Successful speech and language therapy experience is desirable.
Personal and Professional Qualities:
A. Ability to relate positively to children and instill in them a desire to improve.
B. Ability to relate positively to parents, school personnel and other lay and professional people.
C. Ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner; present a favorable personal appearance; and demonstrate personality characteristics which enhance effectiveness in a school setting.
D. Ability to communicate effectively, with a pleasant voice and correct articulation; use appropriate, professional language skills in writing and speaking.
E. Demonstrate positive attitude and desire to improve professional knowledge and competence.