- Speech-Language Pathology Assistant I
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is entry-level professional work involving the evaluation and/or treatment of communication disorders.
An employee in this class implements prescribed treatment plans for the remediation of organic and functional communication disorders for children and/or adults. The employee gains experience in preparing case histories, progress notes, and working with families. Work normally includes attending case conferences and assisting in the development of client treatment plans, administering therapy and/or other corrective measures for organic and functional communication disorders, and assisting families and teachers of individuals with speech and hearing problems. The employee works under the direction and supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist with careful review of work methods, reports and processes.
Implements treatment designed by a licensed speech-language pathologist and/or treatment team.
Aids in establishing pre-speech skills in treatment sessions with clients.
Charts daily behavior and case histories; prepares progress notes on assigned cases.
Attends in-service meetings, workshops and conferences to maintain and expand professional skills.
Attends and participates in staff development programs, and other professional meetings.
Participates in team meetings in the absence of a speech-language pathologist.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in the area of speech-language pathology as approved by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate degree as a speech-language pathology assistant in a program approved by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-language Hearing Association; and two years of post associate degree experience under the supervision of a licensed speech language pathologist in the evaluation and/or treatment of speech, voice and language disorders. (Additional undergraduate work in the area of speech language pathology will substitute on a year–for-year basis for the required experience.)
Registration as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant by the Missouri Board of Healing Arts at the time of appointment.
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Considerable knowledge of the various types of speech, language and hearing disorders.
Working knowledge of methods and procedures of communication (re)habilitation.
Working knowledge of educational psychology and principles of psychology as applied to teaching the disabled.
Working knowledge of sound recorders, electronic communication devices and other specialized equipment used in communication therapy.
Some knowledge of the normal development of speech, language and hearing abilities and the effect of degenerative processes.
Ability to understand problems of disabled persons and to exercise tact and sympathetic understanding in the training process.
Ability to prepare case histories, progress reports and recommendations.
Ability to speak and communicate effectively.
Ability to apply special techniques and methods of communication therapy.
Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with others.
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