Augmentative Communication Specialist - K58

  • REPORTS TO: Director of Special ProgramsDEPARTMENT: Special Programs

    JOB DESCRIPTOR: K58SCHEDULE:
    DATE:NON-EXEMPT X

    NATURE AND SCOPE OF JOB: 
    To act under the general direction of the Director of Special Programs. To evaluate and develop an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) to meet the low tech and high tech augmentative communication needs of non-verbal or minimally verbal students who would qualify for Speech (articulation) or Language deficiencies as diagnosed via referral for special needs programming as defined by local rules and regulations, state rules and regulations, and federal rules and regulations governing students with disabilities.

    JOB FUNCTIONS: 

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
    Evaluates and diagnoses specific articulation or language deficits of non-verbal or minimally verbal students within the school district.
    Designs and develops an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each student that meets the qualifications for direct services for low tech and/or high tech augmentative communication.
    Coordinates the efforts and completes all necessary paperwork and forms to enroll a student in Special Education Programs within the school district as a member of the multi-discipline assessment team for that student being enrolled in speech/language therapy.
    Collaborates with all teaching staff in development of a variety of strategies to meet the educational needs of all students within the classroom(s) who are in need of augmentative communication services.
    Promotes positive public relations with the community and within the school district by using positive verbal and non-verbal communication and interaction skills at all times.
    OTHER FUNCTIONS:

    Follows all school district policies and procedures.
    Assists with the screening activities of students who are coming to the school district with an identified disabling condition in the area of Speech or Language Disability who are in need of augmentative communication techniques or technologies.
    Assists and/or develops new programs as necessary to meet the needs of potential and existing special programs students in the area of articulation or language deficiency who use augmentative communciation techniques or technologies.
    Assists with the development of training staff members to carry out existing therapy routines for students in a daily setting in the classroom(s).
    Assists with the development for training parents to carry out existing routines for students in a daily setting of the student's home.
    Provides technical assistance in the repair and modification of augmentative devices that may be utilized to meet the specific needs of students receiving direct augmentative communication training as part of their total educational program.
    Act as liaison between the school district and other agencies who are involved with the communication needs of special needs students.
    Performs other duties as assigned by the Director/Associate Director of Special Programs.
    --EMPLOYEES ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL FUNCTIONS OF THIS JOB-- 

    JOB QUALIFICATIONS: 

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND MENTAL ABILITY:

    Possess knowledge of Public Law 101-476 (I.D.E.A.) Rules and Regulations Governing Students iwth Disabilities in Wyoming Public Schools and local rules and regulations governing services to students with disabilities.
    Possess a working knowledge of Computerized Special Education Program on IBM AS400.
    Possess a knowledge of basic computer commands to run software related to word processing applications on a personal computer.
    Possess the ability to follow and successfully complete both written and oral directions.
    Possess the ability to enunciate clearly and communicate positively throughout the work day.
    Possess the ability to calculate accurately.
    Possess the visual acuity, aided or non aided, to read and interpret accurately written reports of a technical nature.
    Possess the skills necessary to write written reports of a technical nature and have the skills necessary to paraphrase the same to parents or other staff members in a fashion that everyone is able to understand.
    Possess the ability to work with various personality types.
    Possess sound emotional judgment.
    EDUCATION, LICENSE, CERTIFICATION OR FORMAL TRAINING

    Proper certification issued by the Wyoming Department of Education for position of Speech Therapist or Speech Language Pathologist.
    Clinical Experience either by working within a public school or completion of required clinical experiences as prescribed by a training program to be eligible for certification by the Wyoming Department of Education.
    A minimum of a Master's Degree in the area of Speech Therapy or Speech Language Pathology from an accredited university or college.
    EQUIPMENT USED:

         Typewriter
         Photocopy Machine
         Personal Computer
         Adding Machine/Calculator
         Video Play-back Equipment
         Augmentative Communication Equipment
         Assistaive Technology Equipment
         
    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

    Possess visual acuity and stamina to work at a computer monitor for at least part of each day.
    Possess sufficient strength to lift boxes or equipment that may weigh as much as 25 pounds and be able to move them as far as 50 feet.
    Possess stamina to remain seated for periods as long as one hour with a minimum of fatigue or discomfort.
    ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS:

    Air conditioned buildings
    Occasional exposure to weather extremes.
    Some employees may be occupatioally exposed to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials based on task and procedures required.
    Provide therapy and consultations in a variety of school buildings and settings.