Speech Language Pathologist/Technician
The job of Speech Language Pathologist was established for the purpose/s of identifying students with communication disabilities;
planning and implementing appropriate treatment to minimize adverse impact on student success; recommending treatment plans.
Essential Performance Responsibilities
- 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 treatment.
- 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, developing treatment plans, and/or providing training to parents/students/staff.
- Develops treatment plans, interventions and/or educational materials for the purpose of minimizing the adverse impact of communication disorders in compliance with regulatory requirements.
- Instructs 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.
- Instructs eligible students in the use of appropriate communication technologies (e.g. hearing aids, FM systems, 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 experience 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, treatment 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 sites including home visits for the purpose of providing therapy and assistance as required.
- Prepares a wide variety of written materials (e.g. activity logs, correspondence, memos, treatments 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.
- Researches resources and methods (e.g. intervention and treatment 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.
- Transports supplies and equipment to a variety of sites for the purpose of ensuring the availability of items as needed.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Special Education Director and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing mechanisms and disorders.
- Knowledge principles and practices of speech and language therapy.
- Knowledge of pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or laws.
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
- Ability to use computer network system and software applications as needed.
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
- Ability to apply assessment instruments and operate specialized equipment used in the treatment of communication disorders.
- Ability to adapt to changing work priorities.
- Ability to maintain student confidentiality.
Works in standard office and school building environments.
Applicants must have a current Utah Speech Pathologist/Technician license or have the ability to obtain a current Utah Speech Pathologist/Technician license as outlined by the guidelines of the Utah State Board of Education (USBE).
- Utah State Certification as a Speech Pathologist/Technician.
- Motor Vehicle Operator's License or ability to provide own transportation.
Note for Speech Pathologist/Technicians licensed outside of Utah: Reciprocity with other states regarding licensure is not guaranteed and is contingent on fulfilling minimum license and endorsement requirements for Utah.
- Masters Degree in Communication Science Disorders
FLSA Status: Exempt
Certified Salary Schedule
Benefit Eligible, Certified Rate
Eight days sick leave and four days personal leave per fiscal year.