Middle School Speech Language Pathologist
Full Time Speech-Language Pathologist
Evaluate, diagnose, and implement Speech/Language services for wide range disability students of various ages.
Determine and use professionally sound procedures for identification, diagnosis, referral, and reevaluation.
Assure adherence to state and district eligibility criteria.
Serve as a member of the IEP Team completing IEP goals in the area of speech and language for students who qualify for services.
Conduct single disciplinary speech evaluations and re-evaluations in accordance with legal and district requirements.
Develop IEP's for eligible students with the parent/guardian, Local Education Authority (LEA), and when appropriate, the special education teacher.
Provide speech and/or language therapy to students as stipulated by their Individual Education Plan.
Utilize planning time to perform additional professional responsibilities including parent conferences, IEP team meetings, classroom observation of students, and consultations with classroom teachers and other professional support personnel.
Remain cognizant of and comply with district, state, and federal laws which govern delivery of special education services.
Serve as case manager for students whose primary related Special Education service is speech and language.
Maintain student progress notes in student records.
Re-evaluate students' individual speech and language needs on a regular basis.
Collaborate with school staff to coordinate services to students.
Develop, organize, and participate in in-service training programs; develop and maintain current resource information.
Participate on Student Support Committee and 504 meetings and implementations when appropriate.
Serve as a resource for staff on issues related to speech and language therapy.
Communicate and refer to outside agencies, hospitals, or clinics when appropriate.
Participate in district Child Find activities.
Perform related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination equivalent to: Master's degree from an accredited college or university; successful experience in planning and providing occupational therapy services to children in medical or educational settings.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Master's degree with certification in Speech/Language Pathology; valid driver's license for use in the state of Illinois.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
• State and federal laws, regulations and codes applicable to speech and language.
• Fundamental principles and accepted trends in the field of speech and language therapy.
• Demonstrated knowledge of legal requirements that apply to identification, placement, and delivery of services.
• Physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth patterns in students.
• Testing practices, procedures, and methods.
• IEP preparation and implementation methods and procedures.
• Record keeping techniques.
• Oral and written communication skills.
• Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
• Cultural differences in student population.
• Establish and manage a school program for students with communication disabilities.
• Use a variety of current methods, techniques and practices in speech and language therapy.
• Compose and comprehend written communication.
• Communicate effectively with students, parents and district personnel, both orally and in writing and through email.
• Properly use and care for materials, supplies, and equipment employed in performing services as a speech and language therapist.
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
• Develop, write and implement comprehensive Individual Education Plans (IEP) for special education students.
• Utilize various testing techniques, materials, equipment and instruments.
• Work effectively with a diverse population of students.
• Travel to other sites and locations.
Environment: School site environment (including classroom during observations); driving vehicle to conduct work.
Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information and make presentations; able to carry needed materials.
Hazards: Contact (at times) with disgruntled individuals.