Perkins School for the Blind, located near Boston, was the first school for the blind chartered in the United States in 1829. For over 180 years, the staff at Perkins have been providing quality services to students and clients who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind and multi-impaired. Perkins School for the Blind embraces diversity in ability, thought, culture and belief. We provide equal education and employment opportunities and value the unique talents and contributions of all of our students and staff.
Under the general supervision of the Education Director, the ideal candidate will assess, organize, plan and implement the delivery of speech and language services for a population of students with vision, multiple impairment or intellectual deficit. They will also provide direct therapy to students, consultation, and in-service training to members of the interdisciplinary program team.
Reviews medical, family and educational history of the students using formal and informal evaluations to assess the student's language and communication skills and oral-motor feeding skills, as appropriate, in order to identify abilities and areas of need.
Recommends appropriate therapy and develops individual therapeutic objectives for each student referred; develops on-going treatment plans for each student receiving speech and language therapy and provide direct services or supervise the delivery of services; makes any appropriate referrals relating to areas such as medical, dental and audiological needs.
Gives input regarding specific activities which promote development of communication skills within the home, the classroom and the residential setting, where appropriate.
Participates in program meetings, staffing, case reviews, and IEP or ISP meetings and prepares oral or written reports of current progress and needs of students to recommend goals and objectives for future programming of individual students.
Participates in the screening or evaluation of students referred to Perkins for recommendations or admission; participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team in developing goals and objectives for current and future programming and communicates these to others to assure continuity of programming.
Maintains current student records for those involved in therapeutic treatment; assists in the preparation of statistical reports and data analysis regarding service delivery as requested by the program supervisor
Provides consultation and in-service training to Education Director, program staff and families.
Assumes responsibility for the safety and welfare of students; observes, monitors and intervenes in the communicative behavior of students in classroom, community and residential settings to foster an appropriate level of independence on the part of students.
Assists in recruiting and interviewing speech and language pathologists and other clinical specialists as requested; Participate in grant and proposal writing as requested.
Makes professional contributions, such as planning and participating in workshops, delivering presentations at conferences, and preparing articles for publication with the prior approval of the program supervisor; participates in professional conferences, seminars, courses, conventions for professional development.
Provides field placement supervision to undergraduate and graduate students at the request of the program supervisor;
Consults in curriculum development at the request of the Education Director.
To perform other related duties and tasks as assigned;
Master's Degree in Speech and Language Pathologist
Three (3) years’ experience with preference given for work with multiply disabled or blind students
Ability to complete and maintain First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) Certifications
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
ASHA CCC certification
Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package, which includes, recess time, tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training. Dependent upon availability, housing may also be offered to staff.
Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have life experience are encouraged to apply.
Perkins School for the Blind is the first school for the blind charted in the United States in 1829. For 182 years the staff at Perkins have been providing quality services to students and clients who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind and multi-impaired. As the programs and services at Perkins have grown, our focus has evolved and extended beyond our campus and into many different communitie...s throughout the United States and around the world. Located near Boston and Cambridge, we currently provide a range of services to 92,000 people throughout the world (www.perkins.org). Our programs and services all strive to enable each student and client to develop his or her greatest potential and maximum independence.
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.