Speech-Language Pathologist

Competition Number: 22-MWC/WST-17

Positions Summary

Reporting to the site Program Supervisor, the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is part of an interdisciplinary team responsible for the provision of service for students requiring development in areas including but not limited to:

Speech and language delays and disorders

Communication and fluency disorders

Voice and resonance disorders

Swallowing and feeding disorders

Cognitive-communication disorders

Pre-literacy and literacy skills

Major Functions and Responsibilities

Screening and (Re)Assessment

Collaborate with classroom team, families/caregivers and other interdisciplinary team members to determine speech-language needs of identified students

Utilize informal screening and/or observation of identified children and document student skills and abilities

Use standardized tools and informal assessments to assess and interpret results for identified students

Complete assessment report which includes diagnosis, classroom impacts, recommendations, and strategies for speech-language support and to determine eligibility for Alberta Education funding

Contribute to Functional Observation Assessment document

Provide a (timely) report of findings to Community Engagement Workers (during the intake process), classroom team and families/caregivers

Re-evaluate child progress and/or current needs as needed

IPP Contribution and Monitoring

In collaboration with the interdisciplinary team and families/caregivers, develop goals for the IPP, with specific accommodations and interventions required for success

Planning and Intervention

Develop differentiated instruction strategies, including activities and strategies to support speech-language development

Provide recommendations for materials, tools, and/or technology to facilitate learning

Use a variety of treatment approaches to meet the needs of each child – individual, small group, and/or whole group interventions in and out of the classroom setting

Determine a therapy plan to be carried out by speech-language pathologist assistant (SLPA)

Document details of intervention (and/or assign the documentation to the speech-language pathologist assistant) based on standards outlined by the Alberta College of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA)

Facilitate groups and educational workshops for families/caregivers on pertinent speech and language topics independently or in co-facilitation with SLPA

Case Management

Discuss, in consultation with interdisciplinary team and family/caregivers, child skill development, progress, observations, and updates

Report/document child strengths, achievements, needs, and other noteworthy observations

Refer to appropriate agencies and programs for additional intervention or support as needed and appropriate

Complete (or assign to assistants) documentation of updates in child file for parents/caregivers to receive during monthly informal communication

Contribute to the year-end transition report for those children requiring continued speech-language support

Monitor and regularly review goals, accommodations, and/or interventions in collaboration with interdisciplinary team and families/caregivers

Review and revise measures and/or goals as necessary

Participate in family/caregiver meetings as needed

Internal and External Learning and Development

Enhance classroom capacity by modeling interventions and supports in the classroom and/or providing in-service training for staff in areas of speech-language support

Provide in-home support for families/caregivers for speech-language development

Facilitate family and community workshops in the areas stated above

Research and Best Practice Continued Competency

Keep up to date on best practice and current professional practice

Keep up to date on agency and provincial policies

Professional Supervision/Evaluation

Oversee performance and provide supervision (and evaluation if needed) of speech-language therapist assistants and/or students according to ACSLPA guidelines

Provide feedback re: SLPAs to both SLPAs and Program Supervisor

Create, review and complete progress on professional goals in collaboration with Program Supervisor for Performance Evaluation

Participate in monthly or as-needed supervisions with Program Supervisor

Required Qualifications and Skill

Masters’ degree in Speech-Language Pathology or equivalent

Eligible for registration with Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Working with children with complex needs (ASD, FAS, Global Delays)

Experience working with pre-school children and their families

Experience working with vulnerable families (including low-income)

Superior organizational, time management and prioritizing skills.

Working Conditions

Basic computer skills for Office 365, excel, and word. In house training maybe provided for internal programs.

Intercultural competence and experience working with diverse populations and English language learners

Experience providing classroom-based services

Experience supervising and supporting Speech-Language Assistants

Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment

Training in trauma-informed practice and intergenerational trauma is an asset

Training in bias awareness, intercultural competence and/or reconciliation is an asset

Effective communication skills at all levels of the agency

Other Information

Successful candidate will be required to provide a Criminal Record check, a child intervention check, and First Aid with Childcare

This position is for 10 months/year having breaks matching a standard school year (2 weeks during Christmas and 1 week over Spring break)

Working conditions will include varied hours and sites working with children in classroom, during outdoor play, and on field trips.

Job Category:
Management & Professionals
ABC Head Start Society
Posting Date:
11/25/2021 7:00:00 PM
Multiple cities, Alberta