Under the supervision of a credentialed Speech-Language Specialist, assist in providing speech therapy services to identified students in accordance with Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals; perform a variety of duties in support of student case management services; maintain records and documentation on students; perform related duties as assigned.
Examples of Duties:
The classification specification does not describe all duties performed by all incumbents within the class. This summary provides examples of typical tasks performed in this classification.
• Assist in providing student speech therapy services according to Individual Education Program (IEP) goals and treatment plans developed by Speech-Language Specialists. E
• Assist Speech-Language Specialists in the assessment of student communication skills. E
• Assist with conducting speech-language screenings, using appropriate prescribed techniques and devices; confer with Speech-Language Specialists regarding student progress. E
• Assist with the development of IEP goals and objectives for assigned students. E
• Attend IEP meetings for assigned students, present findings and recommendations, as approved by a Speech-Language Specialist; maintain confidentiality of sensitive and privileged information. E
• Provide assistance to educational staff as a case management team member through consultation, training and individual and group activities. E
• Document student progress toward IEP goals and objectives by preparing charts, records, graphs, or other means of documentation. E
• Prepare therapy materials and equipment for use in the classroom including therapy activities such as picture cards, worksheets and audio equipment. E
• Adapt or modify instructional materials as determined by student needs for teacher use in the classroom. E
• Lift and position students into and out of orthopedic equipment and adjust equipment. E
• Observe and control behavior and interaction of students according to approved procedures; utilize positive restraint techniques according to established procedures
as necessary. E
• Inspect, maintain and operate augmentative communication devices and equipment. E
• Perform a variety of general support duties such as maintaining records, files and preparing reports related to assigned students. E
• Drive a vehicle to various sites to conduct work. E
• Attend a variety of meetings, workshops and in-service trainings to maintain current knowledge of developments in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.
Note: At the end of some of the duty statements there is an italicized “E” which identifies essential duties required of the classification. This is strictly for use in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Speech and Language Development theories and practices.
Language, articulation and hearing disorders.
General methods and techniques of individual and group speech therapy.
Principles of child development and behavior.
Operation and maintenance of augmentative communication devices and equipment.
Record keeping and basic report preparation techniques.
Health and safety regulations.
Laws, rules and regulations related to assigned program and activities.
Technical aspects of field of specialty.
First aid techniques.
Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Oral and written communication skills.
Proper methods of lifting and positioning students in and out of orthopedic equipment.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Personal hygiene practices.
Assist in providing speech therapy services for identified students according to IEP goals.
Assist with conducting speech-language screenings.
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.
Demonstrate an understanding, patient and receptive attitude toward students.
Motivate and encourage positive learning patterns and behavior to students with special needs.
Observe and manage behavior of students according to approved procedures.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Maintain confidentiality of sensitive and privileged information.
Administer first aid or necessary physical assistance to ill or distressed students.
Attend to hygienic and physical needs of students.
Lift and position students into and out of orthopedic equipment and adjust equipment.
Interpret, apply and explain laws, rules and regulations related to assigned activities.
Understand and work within scope of authority.
Observe health and safety regulations.
Demonstrate adaptability to changing circumstances and priorities within the learning environment.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Demonstrate confidence, tact, and the use of good judgement.
Plan and organize work.
Meet schedules and timelines.
Education and Training:
Associate of Arts degree and a certificate of completion of a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program.
Six months of experience working with individuals with speech and language disabilities in a structured environment.
Any other combination of training and/or experience that could likely provide the desired skills, knowledge or abilities may be considered.
Incumbents must provide 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 this classification.
Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license at the time of appointment and the use of a personal automobile.
Positions in the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant - Bilingual Spanish classification require the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in Spanish. Applicants must successfully pass the District’s bilingual/biliterate test.
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