Occupational Therapist

  • Livingston, NJ
  • Community Services
  • Part-time

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TITLE:

SPEECH/LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST/AAC SPECIALIST- PUBLIC SCHOOL THERAPIES

SUMMARY:

Screens, assesses and/or evaluates speech/language therapy needs of individuals with communication disabilities in the public school or other community setting; will also assess, plan and execute treatment for and development of feeding skills; may plan and implement treatment programs upon receipt of written authorization; documents and reports activities

REPORTS TO:          

Department Head, Program Director and/or Coordinator

DUTIES:

  1. Conducts initial screenings and/or evaluations using formal and informal assessments; interprets and analyzes data; submits full comprehensive written reports of findings
  2. Identifies and implements long and short-term treatment plans, either individually or in a group setting or indirectly as a consultant, including educationally relevant goals and methods to achieve identified goals within given time frame
  3. Submits to appropriate source written reports such as client reevaluations/ updates, anecdotal notes, clinic notes, special interim reports and other related information using required formats/ forms; maintains service-related records following billing, reimbursements and procurement procedures
  4. Coordinates and integrates speech therapy with other therapy and educational programs
  5. Develops home or classroom programs for specific clients providing printed handouts or instructions; provides direct training for appropriate home or classroom personnel
  6. Participates in conferences, meetings and other planning sessions concerning individual children; recommends therapy activities as part of total treatment plan
  7. May design, fabricate, adjust, or make minor repairs to therapeutic equipment for individuals and participate in ordering equipment for home, school, or community
  8. Reviews and revises treatment programs as required; terminates treatment service when appropriate
  9. Identifies own education and supervision needs; attends educational courses to maintain and update knowledge and skills; may conduct in-service education to staff and team members
  10. Initiates contact with direct supervisor to report any concerns regarding safety and appropriate care, schedule changes, new referrals
  11. Travel may be a requirement to meet the needs of individuals
  12. Other responsibilities as directed by the Program Director or Supervisor

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

KNOWLEDGE

Demonstrated knowledge of and independence in the use of varied treatment approaches; knowledge of normal child development

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of and adherence to professional ethics, attitudes and work habits as outlined by the American Speech & Hearing Association and New Jersey Advisory Committee for Audiology & Speech/Language Pathology; ability to relate and treat without bias or prejudice developmentally disabled clients; to demonstrate proficiency in previously established duties; to respect and maintain confidentiality; to build and promote teamwork; to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with clients, parents, staff, supervisors, administrators and other professionals; to establish and maintain proper working relationships with clients, parents, co- workers and supervisors; to perform strenuous physical activities; to travel to various locations, to maintain a safe working environment; to adhere to personnel policies, procedures and standard health precautions

ADDENDUM FOR AAC SPECIALIST

  1. Assists in identification of students for AAC and/or AT services
  2. Conducts and/or participates in AAC assessments with individuals using pertinent communication information gathered from team members, standardized and non- standardized
  3. Plans, participates in, and implements teaching techniques and training strategies with staff, other professionals, families and/or
  4. Participates in planning workshops, in-service trainings and presentations for staff, family, and community.
  5. Gathers information and stays abreast of current AAC/AT equipment, materials, and interventions for evidence-based practice.

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