at Derby Public Schools in Derby, Kansas, United States
Purpose: Speech-language pathologist will work with the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team to help resolve communication disorders including the mechanical aspects of speech production, phonation, attention/memory, articulation and language processing that interfere with the individual student's ability to derive benefit from the district's educational program.
Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:
- Serve as a resource to staff members and parents in the development of a balanced program for communication.
- Assist and guide teachers in observing, describing, and referring suspected and identified speech and language delays/disorders.
- Participate in development of goals and strategies for educational improvement.
- Provide any assigned paraprofessional with appropriate direction, supervision and evaluation.
- Ensure that all activities conform to state and district guidelines.
- Ensure that all activities adhere to the professional standards.
- Communicate effectively with all members of the school district and community.
- Work effectively with community organizations and outside agencies.
- React to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned.
- Support the value of an education.
- Support the mission and philosophy of Derby Public Schools.
- Comply with all district policies, rules and regulations.
Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:
- Requires the ability to sit and/or stand for prolonged periods.
- Occasionally requires the ability to move, lift, carry, pull or push heavy objects or materials.
- Occasionally requires the ability to stoop, bend and reach.
- Must be able to work in noisy and crowded environments.
- Must be able to work indoors and outdoors year-round.
- Requires regular attendance and/or physical presence at the job.
- Conduct an assessment and diagnosis of speech, language, cognitive-communication, oral motor/swallowing skills so that appropriate interventions can be designed.
- Provide a therapeutic program to meet individual needs of speech/language students.
- Assist teachers and parents in developing an appropriate individual education plan for students.
- Ensure that Kansas State Board of Education guidelines for Special Education are met.
- Participate in the screening, preassessment, identification, placement, follow-up and reviews of students’ progress.
- Provide appropriate information to students and families regarding community agencies and services available to them.
- Collaborate all providers so that the communication system can be implemented or utilized in all aspects of the student’s day.
- Assist with public awareness activities that lead to a better understanding of the needs of exceptional children.
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships with others.
- Assist teachers in the development and implementation of curriculum adaptations/modifications and appropriate classroom strategies.
- Maintain an inventory of materials, assessment protocols and supplies.
- Maintain appropriate, confidential records and provide timely reports.
- Keep abreast of new information, innovative ideas and techniques related to multimodal communication systems for all identified students.
- See that school district polices are observed during all activities.
- Obtain prior approval for all special activities and expenditures.
- Adhere to all district health and safety policies.
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Special Services and building administrator, which are consistent with the general requirements and qualifications for the position.