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Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) - Special Education

Company: Medford School District (OR)
Location: Medford
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

Position may begin immediately or at the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year
This position is open until filled.
*Proof of full vaccination OR OHA Exception Forms are a pre-employment requirement.
Job Title: Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)
Supervisor: Speech Language Pathologist/Student Services Administrator
FLSA Status: Nonexempt
Summary: Assists Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) in providing communication services to children in an instructional setting with primary emphasis on direct contact with students.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides services in support of Speech Language Therapists within guidelines provided in Oregon Administrative rules (OAR's) and other applicable laws and regulations.
  • Provides direct therapy to students, excluding dysphagia, following a treatment plan and protocol developed by the supervising SLP.
  • Meet weekly with SLP to review lesson planning and treatment programs.
  • Meet monthly with SLP to review IEP goals.
  • Assist with IEP progress reporting under the direction of SLP.
  • Conducts speech and language screenings without interpretation.
  • Assists SLP in instructional setting.
  • Maintains discipline in a small student group using appropriate methods for children with disabilities.
  • Organizes and manages student work under SLP direction.
  • Assists in the development of a behavior management system.
  • Supervises small groups of students.
  • Assists students on computers and with appropriate computer programs.
  • Works directly with students with a variety of special needs.
  • Implements planned activities using SLP designed methods and materials for individual and small student groups.
  • Assist SLP in setting up data tracking system, record documentation and treatment notes to include attendance and daily progress.
  • Maintains accurate written and electronic records and records gathered information within the scope of District policies and state and federal laws.
  • Provide materials development and lesson planning, following the IEP or treatment plan developed by the supervising SLP.
  • Prepares and provides clerical support to teacher for instructional materials using various office equipment, resource materials and AV equipment, copying, faxing, etc.
  • Obtains necessary instructional materials from a variety of sources.
  • Implements Individual Education Plan (IEP) modifications at SLP request.
  • Communicates effectively with supervising SLP.
  • Maintains competency in all position responsibilities.
  • Complies with all safety and work rules, policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for proper utilization, operation and maintenance of all department resources.
  • Provides support to other positions as needed.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities as appropriate with little or no supervision.
  • Other related duties may be assigned. Marginal Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Assist SLP in developing a schedule.
    • Attend monthly SLP meetings.
    • Sets up room for various activities and cleans up after activities' completion.
    • Answers telephones and answers questions or takes messages and forward to SLP. Supervisory Responsibilities:
      • All employees of the Medford School District have responsibility for supervising students and assisting in maintaining a safe environment.
        Qualifications: 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.
        Education and/or Experience: 45 credits in speech language pathology technical coursework; complete a minimum of 45 general education credits, and document a minimum of 100 clock hours of supervised clinical interaction within a practicum. Must meet current No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements.
        Interpersonal Skills: Ability to interact appropriately with teachers, staff, members of the community and students. Focuses on solving conflict; maintains confidentiality; Contributes to building a positive team spirit.
        Language Skills: Ability to communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing. Preference may be given to applicants who are fluent in both English and Spanish. Ability to effectively present information and respond effectively to questions in one-on-one, small and large group situations to students and other school staff. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, lesson plans or treatment protocols, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and governmental regulations. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
        Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and area. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, geometry, fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
        Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, schedule or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
        Computer Skills: General knowledge of computer usage and ability to use database software, e-mail, internet software, spreadsheets, teaching software and word processing software.
        Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Speech Language Pathology Assistant Certificate from an accredited program. Certificates as determined by the District including current NCLB requirements (paraprofessional certification).
        Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
        While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; sit; use hands for fine manipulation, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision. Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others. Identifying and understanding the speech of another person. Emotional stability to work effectively under pressure and to keep all aspects of the job under control.
        Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
        The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Employee may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens. Employee may be subject to temperature fluctuations, fumes, odors and dust.
        Note: This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions or working conditions associated with the job. This job description is not a contract of employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment. The school district may add to, modify or delete any aspect of this job (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.

Keywords: Medford School District (OR), Medford , Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) - Special Education, Education / Teaching , Medford, Oregon

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