The primary responsibilities include screening, evaluating and providing appropriate services to students with communication disorders (articulation, voice, language, fluency) that affect educational performance. Also included in the responsibilities is consultation with teachers and parents and participation in Individualized Education Program (IEP) team meetings.
Speech pathologists hired after October 1, 2007, are required to hold the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) license or be eligible for a provisional license. Speech pathologists hired prior to October 1, 2007 may hold Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) certification in speech-language pathology OR the Maryland State DHMH License. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) desirable or CFY (Clinical Fellowship Year) eligible.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
Ability to screen, evaluate, diagnose, and remediate communication disorders of students, birth to twenty-one years of age; ability to develop and implement appropriate goals and objectives for each individual student and to select and utilize therapeutic materials effectively with individuals and small groups of students. Good communication and human relations skills needed in order to implement consultative programs through classroom teachers and parents and to work effectively and cooperatively as a member of the local school or site-based team. Good writing and organizational skills needed to formulate concise clinical reports, develop IEPs and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs), and to maintain complete longitudinal records for each student.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE:
Masters or equivalency in speech-language pathology; course work and demonstrated knowledge and expertise in working with communication disorders, including significant expertise in evaluation and therapeutic techniques; experience working cooperatively with professionals in related disciplines; demonstrated skill in working with parents (i.e., parent counseling, parent training, etc.); excellent oral and written communication skills, and human relations skills. Or other combination of applicable education, training, and experience which provides the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position.