- Speech-Language Pathology Assistant II
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is professional work involving the evaluation and/or treatment of communication disorders.
An employee in this class develops and implements treatment plans for the remediation of organic and functional communication disorders for children and/or adults. Work normally includes evaluating the speech, language and hearing status of individuals; recommending or administering therapy and/or other corrective measures; preparing case histories, progress notes and treatment plans; assisting families and teachers of individuals with speech and hearing problems; and attending case conferences and participating in the development of client treatment plans. The employee works under the direction and supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist with periodic review of work methods, reports and processes.
Administers diagnostic tests to assess speech production, receptive and expressive language, oral motor assessment, and voice assessment; and administers screening tests for hearing acuity and assessment of auditory skills, including auditory discrimination and processing.
Implements and evaluates treatment plans for effectiveness and alters plans to meet the needs of assigned cases.
Charts daily behavior and case histories; prepares progress notes on assigned cases.
Confers with family members and prepares written instructions for home treatment.
Attends and participates in staff development programs, and other professional meetings.
Participates in team meetings in the absence of the speech-language pathologist.
Performs other related duties as assigned
Attends in-service meetings, workshops and conferences to maintain and expand professional skills.
(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; and one year of post–bachelor degree experience under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist in the evaluation and/or treatment of speech, voice and language disorders; (Graduate work in the area of speech-language pathology will substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.)
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 three 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 a maximum of two years of 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.
Considerable 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, audiometers, electronic communication devices and other specialized equipment used in communication therapy.
Working 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 develop, implement and evaluate a basic (re)habilitative therapy plan.
Ability to communicate effectively and to prepare and interpret evaluations, progress reports, therapy plans and other written recommendations.
Ability to apply special techniques and methods of communication therapy.
Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with others.
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