Potentials Charter School at the Arc of Palm Beach County serves children PreK to the 8th grade with severe special needs and developmental delays. Candidates for this position as a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist must possess a Master’s degree from an accredited university, be licensed by the State of Florida and meet state requirements (Certificate of Clinical Competency) in the field. Flexibility and willingness to work as part of a team are a must. Proficiency in feeding/swallowing and the use of assistive technology is preferred. All employees must be able to pass a Level II background screening and meet Drug Free workplace standards. They must also maintain the ability to meet the physical requirements of the position.
Provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative interventions to all Potentials School students as indicated on the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Maintain individual client records
Provide consistent services.
Keep teachers informed of students’ individual progress and offer goals/activities/materials to facilitate the child’s progress in the areas addressed by the speech-language pathologist.
Keep families informed of their child’s individual progress and develop a program for the child’s family to implement independently that will facilitate the child’s development and increase the families understanding of their child’s specific needs.
Assist the school’s special educators in the development of all aspects of the classrooms address and stimulate the use verbal, non-verbal and augmentative/alternative communication for all subject areas.
Incorporate academic goals developed by the special educator into therapeutic interventions.
Plan staff development in the communication area as requested by the Potentials Principal
Keep open lines of communication with parents of students and any authorized professional serving the parent/child.
Write end-of–the year summaries on all students served demonstrating each child’s achievement of individualized goals.
Supervise speech therapy interns and staff speech therapy assistants as assigned by the Potentials Principal.
Maintain a wish list of material and supplies.
Make appropriate referrals to best serve the needs of the children and their families.
Participate in staff and parent meetings/study teams/evaluations, providing feedback in regards to the child’s skills in the area of communication and feeding development and recommend interventions for the child’s present and future needs.
Acquire a Medicaid provider number (if not already in possession).
Keep current with the latest innovations in the field of speech-language pathology and augmentative communication.
Maintain the ability to meet the physical requirements of this position as related to duties at all times.
Ability to lift up to fifty (50) lbs. on a regular basis.
Ability to bend, carry, climb, grasp, kneel, lift, pull, push, reach, sit, squat, stand, twist, and walk as related to duties of this position.
Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with all levels of staff members.
Ability to handle multiple tasks with strong attention to detail and set priorities as required.
Ability to work independently and exercise professional judgment with guidance from the program director
Ability to meet drug free workplace and other required background checks.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Products including Word and Excel and other software as required.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 191,500 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.