Speech and Language Pathologist
Speech and Language Pathologist
The job of Speech and Language Pathologist is done for the purpose/s of providing support to the educational
process with specific responsibilities for identifying students with communication disabilities; planning and
implementing appropriate treatment to minimize adverse impact on student success; recommending educational
therapeutic support plans; and providing direction to the Speech Language Pathologist Assistant.
This job reports to Assigned Administrator
Assesses students' communication skills (e.g. articulation, fluency, voice, expressive and receptive
language, etc.) for the purpose of identifying communication disorders, determining program eligibility and
developing recommendations for services.
Collaborates with a variety of groups and/or individuals (e.g. parents, teachers, physicians, administration,
maintenance personnel, team members, other professionals, etc.) for the purpose of communicating
information, resolving issues and providing services in compliance with established guidelines.
Coordinates meetings and processes for eligible students (e.g. testing/screening, IEPs, parent conferences,
pre-referral staffing, etc.) for the purpose of presenting evaluation results, therapy/support plans, and/or
providing training to parents/students/staff.
Develops service plans, interventions and/or educational materials for the purpose of minimizing the adverse
impact of communication disorders in compliance with regulatory requirements.
Instructs eligible students in the use of appropriate communication technologies (e.g. augmentative
communication devices, etc.) for the purpose of minimizing the adverse educational impact of communication
disorders in accordance with established guidelines and legal requirements.
Interprets medical reports within the scope of Speech/Language Pathologist's scope of practice and goals
for the purpose of providing information and/or ensuring that treatment/intervention plans are appropriate.
Maintains files and/or records (e.g. progress reports, activity logs, billing information, therapy plans, required
documentation, quarterly reports, screening results, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of
information as required for reference and/or compliance.
Participates in meetings, workshops, and seminars (e.g. training, IEPs, team meetings, etc.) for the purpose
of conveying and/or gathering information.
Performs site visits at multiple work locations including home visits and private day for the purpose of
providing therapy and assistance as required.
Prepares a wide variety of written materials (e.g. activity logs, correspondence, memos, treatment plans,
Medicaid billings, reports, required documentation, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing
written reference, and/or conveying information.
Provides speech and language therapy to students for the purpose of minimizing the adverse impact of
speech and language disorders on student success.
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Researches resources and methods (e.g. intervention and therapy techniques, assessment tools and
methods, community resources, etc.) for the purpose of determining the appropriate approach for
addressing students' needs.
Responds to inquiries (e.g. parents, teachers, staff, students, etc.) for the purpose of providing information
and/or referral as appropriate.
Teaches assigned support staff for the purpose of providing information on communicative disorders, use of
assistive devices and feeding techniques and/or implementing prescribed treatment plans.
Transports supplies and equipment to a variety of sites for the purpose of ensuring the availability of items
Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning
of the work unit.
Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
SKILLS are required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in
order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions
of the job include: applying assessment instruments; operating specialized equipment used in the treatment of
communication disorders; operating standard office equipment including pertinent computer software; and preparing and
maintaining accurate records.
KNOWLEDGE is required to perform algebra and/or geometry; review and interpret highly technical information, write
technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and
draw conclusions. Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job
include: anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing mechanisms and disorders; principles and practices of speech
and language therapy; ASHA guidelines; and pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or laws.
ABILITY is required to schedule activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use job-
related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with
data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using a variety of standardized methods. Ability is
also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types
and/or purposes; and utilize job-related equipment. Independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create
action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving
with equipment is significant. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the
job include: adapting to changing work priorities; communicating with diverse groups; utilizing specialized equipment in
communication disorders; maintaining confidentiality; meeting deadlines and schedules; working as part of a team;
working with detailed information/data; maintaining effective working relationships; and translating therapy data into
meaningful educational activities.
Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; directing other
persons within a small work unit; operating within a defined budget. Utilization of resources from other work units is
often required to perform the job's functions. There is a continual opportunity to impact the organization’s services.
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: some lifting,
carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling and significant fine finger
dexterity. Generally the job requires 33% sitting, 33% walking, and 34% standing. The job is performed under conditions
with exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.
Experience: Job related experience within a specialized field is required.
Education: Masters degree in job-related area.
Required Testing: Certificates and Licenses
Arizona Professional Non-Teaching Credential
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