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Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Job Description

Under the general direction of a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, assists in providing educational speech therapy services to students with speech-language disorders and impairments as prescribed by the Individual Educational Program (IEP);


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS


The Speech Language Pathology Assistant position requires specialized subject matter expertise in communication disorders and impairments, works under the direction of a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, and works in a designated classroom or classroom area containing only students with speech-language disorders.


SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED


Supervision is provided by a licensed or credentialed Speech-Language Pathologist. There are no lead or supervisory responsibilities.


EXAMPLES OF DUTIES


The following specification provides a summary of the typical job duties performed, along with the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this classification. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:



  • Prepares and conducts therapy activities involving picture cards, worksheets, charts, games, and the utilization of computerized therapy applications and devices that facilitate the achievement of speech and language goals as documented in the treatment plans or protocols

  • Prepares augmented alternative communication software, devices, and/or equipment and assists students for their use in the classroom and therapy activities

  • Documents student progress towards meeting IEP goals and objectives by preparing charts, records, graphs, assessment and screening notes, or other informal documentation

  • Assists the Speech-Language Pathologist during speech-language and hearing assessments and screenings of students without clinical interpretation by using and preparing designated materials and tools such as flash cards, bells, whistles, and other related items

  • Adapts or modifies instructional materials as determined by student needs for teachers use in the classroom

  • Attends and participates in in-service training sessions, workshops, and staff meetings

  • Performs related duties as assigned


JOB REQUIREMENTS


Knowledge:



  • Speech Pathology equipment, materials, and procedures

  • Speech and language development in children

  • Language disorders and rehabilitation

  • Articulation disorders and rehabilitation methods

  • English usage, punctuation, spelling, and grammar

  • Record keeping and records management

  • Practical learning patterns and behavior

  • Elementary concepts of child development and behavior

  • Personal hygiene practices

  • Basic math skills


Core Competencies:



  • Professional & Technical Expertise - Applying technical subject matter to the job

  • Self-Management - Showing personal organization, self-discipline, and dependability

  • Listening - Fully comprehending spoken communication

  • Oral Communication - Engaging effectively in dialogue

  • Relationship Building - Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships

  • Teamwork - Collaborating with others to achieve shared goals

  • Cultural Proficiency - Modeling communications and interactions that respect and include all individuals and their languages, abilities, religions, and cultures


PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT - This summary provides examples of the typical physical demands and work environment of this classification.
Physical Demands:
The work is sedentary.



  • Sits to assist students with classwork

  • Lifts objects up to 10 pounds, unassisted, to provide students with personal hygiene care, physical care, school supplies, and/or other related items

  • Carries objects up to 10 pounds, unassisted, to transport personal care supplies, school supplies, and/or other related items

  • Rotates head left and right from a neutral position to monitor, supervise, and/or attend to students

  • Moves head forward and backward from a neutral position to assist students with academic instruction



  • Grasps and grips with hands to hold and move students, medical equipment, school supplies, and/or other related items

  • Uses hands, wrists, and fingers repetitively to keyboard student progress

  • Exchanges information with students and staff to facilitate classroom instruction and ensure safety

  • Uses near visual acuity at 20 inches or less to facilitate classroom instruction, safety, and other related areas


Work Environment:
The environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions.



  • Work in an indoor, climate-controlled environment


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS


Experience: None.
Education: Graduation from high school or its equivalent. An Associates of Arts degree and a certificate of completion of a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant's program from an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional accreditation association. Foreign degrees and credit units require translation and equivalency established by an agency recognized by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Additional Requirements/Information: Possession of valid registration as a Speech/Language Pathology Assistant with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.
A valid California driver's license and the availability of private transportation or the ability to provide transportation between job sites may be required.


The company pays top salaries, paid vacation and holidays including sick time as well as quarterly and annual bonuses.



Company Description
Expatiate Communications is technology intensive, innovation driven rehabilitation and special education firm. With our direct and indirect service models, we are changing the way services have been traditionally delivered. Focused on finding new solutions for individual clients as well as large partners, Expatiate Communications develops and brings new approaches to improve client satisfaction in both healthcare and special education.Our mission is to innovate and find new solutions to maximize potential of all our clients. With international presence, our approach and systems cater to a wide audience. We know you are passionate and if being an agent of change appeals, we want to hear from you! Learn more at www.excomweb.com.



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