Speech and Language Pathologist

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                                                         Speech and Language Pathologist
  Purpose
         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
  Essential Functions
        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
        as needed.
  Other Functions
        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.
     Responsibility
     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.
     Work Environment
     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.
     Equivalency:
     Required Testing:                                                              Certificates and Licenses
                                                                                               Arizona Professional Non-Teaching Credential
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Posted By

Union Elementary School District (AZ)

3834 S. 91st Ave, Tolleson, AZ 85353
 
Insights
Compare with State

Amount per Student

$5,833 (USD)

State Average: $8,651 (USD)

% ELL Students

16%

State Average: 6%

Student Teacher Ratio

24.40

State Average: 23.13

% IEP Students

13%

State Average: 12%

FTE

164

State Average: 143