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SLP ASSISTIVE TECH-COMMUNICATION COACH

Employer
Spring ISD
Location
Houston, TX, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jul 13, 2021

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Job Details

Position Type:
PROFESSIONAL-SPECIAL EDUCATION/SLP ASSISTIVE TECH-COMM COACH

  • Date Posted:
    6/12/2021


  • Location:
    ADMIN BLDG 1 (GMA)


  • Days per Year: 192
    Min: $59,664
    Mid: $71,885

    JOB TITLE: SLP- Assistive Technology/Communication Coach

    REPORTS TO: Coordinator-SLP

    WAGE: Exempt

    PAY GRADE: AI 2

    PRIMARY PURPOSE:

    The Assistive Technology/Communication Coach provides consultation and assistance in identifying, evaluating, and providing services to students who require assistive technology and augmentative communication. The coach works collaboratively with district personnel to determine the appropriate assistive technology tools for student using a variety of Assistive or Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices or services. The coach promotes functional communication for these students in their current educational setting and provides support in the educational environment to facilitate the student's' successful participation, socialization, and learning

    All employees of SISD are expected to act with integrity, support organizational goals, communicate in a clear and respectful manner, championing the needs of our students and drive continuous improvement.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    Required:
    • Master's Degree from an accredited college or university
    • Valid Texas license for Speech Language Pathology granted by the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology Master's
    • Audiology with ASHA certification of clinical competence
    • Two years' experience in the field of communication disabilities
    • Two years' experience Assistive Technology
    Preferred:
    • K-12 School based speech therapy experience

    SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:
    • Intricate knowledge of child development and communication disabilities
    • Ability to evaluate students to determine need for Assistive Technology or Augmentative Communication
    • Intricate knowledge of child development and communication disabilities
    • Intricate and current knowledge of various low, mid, and high tech AAC devices
    • Ability to troubleshoot hardware and software issues and quickly grasp new technologies
    • Knowledge of various disorders, disabilities, and syndromes found in public schools
    • Knowledge of FAPE and IDEA requirements for services in public education
    • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of the AT team with students, teachers, providers, and parents
    • Ability to work well under pressure
    • Ability to work with diverse populations
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Strong communication skills including report writing

    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
    • Collaborate with administrators, faculty, and staff to identify and address student AT needs related to communication, including consultation, assessment, and implementation of AT Services.
    • Provide training/coaching and technical assistance to students, staff and direct service providers, and families as needed (via face to face, webinars, website resources) on the use of assistive technology and augmentative communication devices and/or services.
    • Assist teachers, parents and speech language pathologist in planning programs and developing IEP goals and objectives related to assistive tech/augmentative communication.
    • Participate in screening and consultation processes when requested to determine the need for consideration of AAC.
    • Make home visits to setup Assistive Technology /Augmentative devices in the home if documented by the IEP.
    • Advise/coach instructional staff on the use of AAC/AT tools to aid content comprehension.
    • Participate as part of the Assistive Technology Assessment Team to conduct evaluations to determine eligibility for AAC services while following federally mandated timelines.
    • Serve as a member of the IEP Committee when appropriate providing all necessary paperwork.
    • Compile and maintain all required reports, records, and other documentation as determined necessary.
    • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain credentials and keep informed of best practices in the field of speech/language pathology, assistive technology, and other related fields
    • Train/monitor staff on awareness and use of AAC for students who have a current IEP
    • Support staff in developing materials and using low, mid, and high tech Assistive or Augmentative Communication tools for sustainability
    • Attend program team meetings and serve on committees as directed
    • Consult, coordinate, and train with district contacts, district instructional staff, and district technology staff on implementation of device use in buildings, including assisting in the evaluation of students to determine the need for AAC accommodations.
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    WORKING CONDITIONS:

    The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: physical mobility, standing, prolonged sitting, some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling , reaching/repetitive hand motions, and the ability to work with frequent interruptions. May be required to lift or position students with physical disabilities; control behavior through physical restraint; and assist non-ambulatory students. Mental demands: Ability to maintain emotional control under stress; ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of situations; ability to interpret a variety of data, ability to be effective in both oral and written communication. Travel within the district as required. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in itinerant

    The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.

    Company

    The Spring Independent School District serves over 35,000 prekindergarten through 12th-grade students in a diverse district located 20 miles north of central Houston.

    Guided by its strategic plan, Every Child 2020, the district is preparing students for success in college, career and life. With literacy as the foundation for learning across all grade levels, the district offers academic programs that meet the needs of all learners. From high-quality early childhood programs to college preparation courses and career pathway exploration, there are programs and services designed to meet the needs of every Spring ISD student.

    The district takes pride in always improving and evolving, including strengthening and expanding its special education and gifted and talented services as well as its award-winning performing and visual arts program to serve even more students.

    • In addition to bilingual instruction and English as a Second Language programs, which have been well-established for many years, the district has added a dual language program at three elementary schools.
    • An array of extracurricular opportunities, including UIL 16-6-A athletics and nationally recognized JROTC programs encourage students to explore and pursue their interests.

    The district currently has 38 campuses that include 26 prekindergarten through 5th-grade elementary schools, seven 6th- through 8th-grade middle schools and five 9th- through 12th-grade high schools. That number will change soon with the construction of several new facilities – including two middle schools, three ninth-grade centers and a state-of-the-art stadium that will serve the entire district – all funded by a bond referendum approved by voters in 2016.

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    Telephone
    2818916050
    Location
    16717 Ella Blvd.
    Houston
    Texas
    77090
    US
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