Alternate certificate: Type 10
Position Title: Speech and Language Pathologist
Department: Special Education
Reports To: Director, Special Education
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Other duties may be assigned.
Serves as a resource to school staff members in the development of a balanced program for oral communication and speech improvement.
Provides a therapeutic program to meet individual needs of speech and language handicapped children.
Assists and guides teachers in observing, describing and referring suspected and identified speech and language impairments.
Provides a thorough assessment and diagnosis of speech, voice and language impairments.
Provides screening to identify speech handicapped children at regular intervals and at specified levels.
Assists in proper referrals of individuals to agencies and specialists in the community.
Provides appropriate individualized programs of therapy to meet individual students’ needs and correct existing speech or language handicaps.
Collaborates with classroom teachers and other school staff members to implement therapy by suggestions for the student’s daily activities.
Provides information, support and counseling to parents and families when appropriate.
Provides in-service education and serves as a consultant to teachers and school staff members on topics concerning speech improvement.
Keep thorough ongoing records for the individual student receiving therapy or other school-provided speech services.
Maintains lists of referred, screened and eligible students, as well as a directory of outside agencies, consultants, specialists and related services.
Compiles cash history on those cases where family history, health history, early developmental history and environmental history are deemed appropriate.
Assumes primary responsibility for requisitioning and maintaining needed equipment and supplies.
Prepares and administers the annual budget for speech therapy services.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE;
Master’s degree in speech and language pathology. A minimum of 60 semester hours of academic credit in normal aspects of human communication, development thereof and clinical techniques for evaluation and management of speech and language disorders. A minimum of 300 clock hours of supervised practicum experience with persons who present a variety of communication disorders to be acquired in conjunction with academic training, 150 hours of which shall be obtained on the graduate level.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Certification as Speech Pathologist.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program; ability to plan and implement lessons based on division and school objectives and the needs and abilities of students to whom assigned. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with students, peers and parents and community; ability to speak clear and concisely in written or oral communication.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will regularly sit, and occasionally walk and stand. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. While performing the duties of this job the employee will continuously hear conversation in a quiet and/or noisy environment. The employee will continuously need the ability to tell where a sound is coming from and tell the difference among bells, buzzers, beeps, horns, etc.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this
job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position, Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.