Psychologists/Speech/SOI/Gifted/School PsychologistDate Posted:
Administration Center - Allentown, PA Speech Therapist
- Minimum of a Master's degree with a major in speech and communication, or a related field;
- Hold a valid and current Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate (speech and language)
- A valid CCC-SLP (Certificate of Clinical Competency) Speech/Language Pathology preferred, but not required.
- Satisfactory work record & criminal/child abuse clearances (Acts 34, 114, and 151).
- To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Such additional or alternatives to the above qualifications as the board or superintendents may determine appropriate and acceptable.
Under the supervision of the Director of Special Education, the speech and language (S/L) therapist will identify and treat communication problems related to language and speech. Working with students of all ages, school age to 21 years, S/L therapist seeks to improve communication skills through oral exercises and language therapies. The eligible student may have an articulation, language, fluency, or voice disorder, which prevents them from either being understood or understanding others. The S/L therapist will assist in the selection of appropriate alternative augmentative communication devices and systems when appropriate. The S/L therapist will work within a team structure to facilitate the school based access program (SBAP) billable services. The S/L therapist will provide both direct and indirect services as described below. Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Competencies:
- The S/L therapist communicates and collaborates with staff, parents, community and advocates on issues pertaining to services for students with disabilities (e.g., LCTI, OVR, MH/MR, CLIU).
- The S/L therapist provides guidance, support and direct services to address compliance issues related to the placement of newly identified and comparable program placement eligible students.
- The S/L therapist works directly with a full spectrum of eligible students; mild to severe disorders. Eligibility includes: students with speech and language as a primary disability or students with autism, deaf-blindness, deafness or hard of hearing, emotional disturbance, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and visual impairment including blindness as a related services.
- The S/L therapist will employ pre-referral strategies to determine if the student may need further evaluation through the multi-disciplinary evaluation (MDE) process.
- The S/L therapist will consult with the general and special education teachers to foster collaborative support and transfer of skills and knowledge related to specific strategies to support the student.
- The S/L therapist will communicate with parents and provide them with required documentation and strategies to support their student and to extend their therapy intervention.
- The S/L therapist will provide data to the special education teachers for RR, IEP development, and progress monitoring.
- The S/L therapist will participates in scheduled IEP meetings unless a signed waiver not to participate in the IEP meeting has been approved and obtained from the parent.
- The S/L therapist will maintain progress monitoring information on all annual goals related to S/L and provide updated progress monitoring information at least on a quarterly basis to the parent.
- The S/L therapist will develop and revise as necessary an efficient therapy schedule which provides direct instruction as described on the IEP.
- The S/L therapist will participate in other required meetings if appropriate: e.g., parent conferences, extended school year determination, manifestation determination, assistive device planning, IEP, ER, RR or any other related meetings in which the S/L therapist would provide valuable input.
- When eligible, the S/L therapist will complete Medicaid billing - school based access program (SBAP) paperwork.
- The S/L therapist will participate in the transition assessment process for students transitioning from early intervention services.
- The S/L therapist will remain current in the field by participating in approved training.
- The S/L therapist will promote a Consultative Model and Team Approach by providing collegial support; specifically sharing knowledge and skills, with general and special education teachers, novice S/L therapists or emergency certified S/L therapists.
- The S/L therapist is knowledgeable of evaluation assessment procedures for diagnosis of speech and language disorders.
- The S/L therapist is knowledgeable of research-based strategies to support specific speech and language disorders.
- The S/L therapist is knowledgeable of exiting determination procedures.
- The S/L therapist will promote least restrictive environment (LRE) opportunities by offering therapy in an Integrative Model approach; e.g., support within the community-based instruction format, within special education classroom, or within general education settings when appropriate.
- The S/L therapist will develop, program, and/or maintain augmentative communication systems/materials and therapeutic strategies.
- The S/L therapist will collaborate with agencies (e.g., CLIU) to determine appropriate support and specialized needs for qualifying students.
- The S/L therapist will consult with colleague therapy team to review case study concerns and offer guidance.
- Performs such other tasks and assumes such other responsibilities as may be assigned or delegated by the Director of Special Education.
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The Allentown School District is committed to excellence! The richness of The Allentown School District's diversity is strengthened by its central role in educating our students for America's future through academic excellence and celebrating the culturally responsive, athletic and artistic range of talent in the schools. ASD students originate from 51 countries and speak 26 languages.
The Allentown School District offers a comprehensive benefits package to those who qualify.
This may include*
o Medical Insurance
o Dental Insurance
o Vision Reimbursement
o Tuition Reimbursement
o Personal and Sick time
o PSERS Retirement Fund
*Eligibility for specific benefits will be outlined in each labor group's specific collective bargaining agreement.
For more information on this position, please read the full description document.