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Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Company: Montebello Unified School District
Location: Montebello
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Position information : This is an Open Competitive recruitment to create an eligibility list of "As Needed" candidates to fill temporary vacancies. Currently, there are three current vacancies. GENERAL PURPOSE Under the supervision of a licensed or credentialed Speech-Language Pathologist, assists in providing speech therapy services to identified students in accordance with the Individualized Education Program (IEP); performs a variety of duties in support of student case management services; maintains records and documentation on students. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS : This classification is distinguished from other classes in the following ways: A Speech- Language Pathology Assistant requires specialized subject matter expertise in communication disorders; participates as a member of an educational team in developing and providing services for individual students with communication disorders to improve their speech and language skills and their academic performance. An incumbent works under the supervision of a licensed or credentialed Speech- Language Pathologist in developing and providing services for individual students to improve verbal communication skills and academic performance. SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED :Supervision is provided by a licensed or credentialed Speech-Language Pathologist. There is no lead or supervisory responsibilities. Duties The duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class. Provide student speech therapy services according to Individual Education Program (IEP) goals and treatment plans developed by Speech-Language Pathologists.Assist Speech-Language Pathologists with conducting speech-language screenings and assessments using appropriate prescribed techniques and devices; confer with Speech-Language Pathologists regarding student progress.Document student progress toward IEP goals and objectives by preparing records, logs, goal sheets or other means of documentation.Provide assistance to educational staff as a case management team member through consultation, training and individual and group activities; assist with the development of IEP goals and objectives for assigned students.Prepare therapy materials and equipment for use during therapy such as picture cards, worksheets, charts, audio equipment and computerized therapy applications and devices.Adapt or modify instructional materials as determined by student needs for teacher use in the classroom; monitor use of augmentative alternate communication devices.Inspect, maintain and operate augmentative alternate communication devices and equipment; assist Speech-Language Pathologists in the research and selection of appropriate devices, software and equipment as appropriate; train students, parents and staff in use of devices.Observe and control behavior and interaction of students according to approved procedures; report significant student behavior and behavioral patterns; utilize positive restraint techniques according to established procedures as necessary. May utilize Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) techniques according to established procedures as necessary.Attend IEP meetings with the Speech-Language Pathologist to provide information as requested; maintain confidentiality of sensitive and privileged information.Perform a variety of student case management support duties such as maintaining records, files and preparing reports related to assigned students; schedule appointments for parents/students as necessary.Operate a variety of office equipment including a computer, tablet and assigned software; drive a vehicle to various sites to conduct work.Attend a variety of meetings, workshops and in-service trainings to maintain current knowledge of developments in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.Maintains files and/or records (e.g., progress reports, activity logs, treatment plans, required documentation, reports, and assessment results) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of information as required for reference and/or compliance. Other Duties : Coordinate meetings on behalf of the Speech and Language Pathologist with a variety of individuals as directed (e.g., parents, teachers, physicians, administration, other professionals) for the purpose of communicating information and/or resolving issues in compliance with established guidelines.Participate in meetings, workshops, and seminars (e.g., training, team meetings) for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information.Transport supplies and equipment required for evaluations and treatment to a variety of sites for the purpose of ensuring the availability of items, as needed.Supports the supervising Speech-Language Pathologist in research projects and in-service training programs.May act as an interpreter for non-English speaking students and/or parents.Perform other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit. Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of : Speech and Language development theories and practices. Technical aspects of field of specialty.Language, articulation and hearing disorders.General methods and techniques of individual and group therapyPrinciples of child development and behaviorOperation and maintenance of augmentative communication devices and equipment.Record keeping and basic report preparation methodsApplicable health and safety regulations, department policies and proceduresLaws, rules, regulations, state Education Code, and district policies related to assigned program and activities.First aid/Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques, practices and procedures.Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.Verbal and written communication skillsProper methods of lifting and positioning students in and out of orthopedic equipment.Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) techniques.Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. Ability to : Assist in providing speech therapy services for identified students according to Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals.Assist with conducting speech-language screenings and assessments.Operate and maintain augmentative communication devices and equipment.Maintain records and prepare reports related to assigned students and activities.Monitor and assist in evaluating student progress.Motivate and encourage positive learning patterns and behavior to students with special needs.Demonstrate an understanding, patient and receptive attitude toward students.Observe and manage behavior of students according to approved procedures and department policies.Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others encountered in course of work.Maintain confidentiality of sensitive and privileged information.Administer first aid to ill or injured students. Perform basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as needed.Lift and position students into and out of orthopedic equipment and adjust equipment as appropriate.Understand and work within scope of authority.Interpret, apply and explain laws, rules, regulations, and District and department policies related to assigned activities.Observe health and safety regulations.Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines.Demonstrate adaptability to changing circumstances and priorities within the learning environment.Communicate effectively verbally and in writing in English and a second designated language.Maintain sensitivity to ethnic, religious, cultural and sexual differences. Education, Training, and Experience : Speech-Language Pathology Assistants must possess at least one of the following qualifications set by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board, in addition to the work experience requirements set by the Personnel Commission of Montebello Unified School District:An associate of arts or sciences degree from a speech-language pathology assistant program accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and approved by the Board.Evidence of completion of a bachelor's degree program in speech-language pathology or communication disorders from an institution listed in the "Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education" handbook issued by the American Council on Education, and completion of the field work experience as required in Section 1399.170.10(c)(2)(B) from a Board-approved program.Completion of a minimum of seventy (70) hours of field work experience or clinical experience equivalent to that required in Section 1399.170.10(c)(2)(B) in a bachelor's degree program as recognized in this subsection.In addition to one of the qualifications listed above, this classification requires at least six (6) months of paid or volunteer experience working with individuals with speech and language disabilities or communicative disorders. Licenses, Certificates, Special Requirements : Proof of current registration with the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the time of appointment and maintain current registration throughout employment in the classification.A valid First Aid and CPR certificate issued by a provider whose course complies with the standards adopted by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, pursuant to California Civil Code 1714.2(a).A valid California drivers' license and proof of automobile insurability. Physical and Mental Demands : The physical requirements indicated below are examples of the physical aspects that this position classification must perform in carrying out essential job duties. Lifting and positioning students weighing forty (40) pounds or less in wheelchairs, or other equipment, two or more staff members will generally lift and position students weighing more than forty (40) pounds. Hearing and speaking in a normal voice to exchange information. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate adaptive equipment or computer keyboard. Seeing to read a variety of materials, such as charts, reports, graphic displays on equipment and monitors.Bending at the waist, kneeling, stooping, reaching at all levels, sitting, standing as needed to assist students. Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this class with reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis and depends, in part, on the specific requirements for the job, the limitations related to disability and the ability of the selection authority to accommodate the limitation.

Keywords: Montebello Unified School District, Montebello , Speech Language Pathology Assistant, Other , Montebello, California

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