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SPEECH PATHOLOGIST, SCHOOL FOR DEAF/BLIND

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SPEECH PATHOLOGIST, SCHOOL FOR DEAF/BLIND
258J
Category: Education

Definition

Provides professional speech, language and hearing services to students at the School for the Deaf or School for the Blind.

Typical Work

Conducts specific evaluations of hearing, language, and speech using appropriate standard tools;

Supervises and treats individuals with organic and/or functional communication disabilities including dysphasias, language or articulation disorders, hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, stuttering, or voice disorders;

Uses appropriate treatment methods for receptive and expressive language disabilities, aural habilitation/rehabilitation, articulation and voice disorders, stuttering, and development of alternative means of communication (e.g., language boards, sign language, etc.);

Plans, organizes, and provides evaluations and treatments of individuals including: tests for verbal ability and for specific language learnings disabilities including deficits in auditory and visual memory or discrimination, tests for voice disorders, articulatory problems, sensori-neural problems of the speech mechanism, pure tone and speech audiometry and other audiometric tests for hearing evaluations, and complete evaluations for dysphasias;

Makes medical, audiological, or other referrals as appropriate; secures recommended treatment and adequate follow-up care; maintains records of communication evaluations, medical history, treatment, training, and follow-up care;

Conducts in-service training for lay and professional staff concerning speech, language and hearing disabilities; participates in planning orientation and training of personnel from other departments within the institution;

Prepares budget estimates for speech, language, and hearing identification treatment program covering personnel, equipment, supplies and facilities;

Attends or conducts departmental meetings;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: language development; anatomy and physiology of auditory and vocal mechanisms and disorders; specialized equipment and testing techniques used in evaluation and treatment of articulation, language, hearing, and voice disorders; evaluation and remedial procedures for sensori-neural learning handicaps and dysphasias; principles and techniques of communication disorders, identification and treatment; principles and techniques of aural habilitation/rehabilitation; educational and psychological needs of persons with communication disorders; theories of learning; diagnostic and treatment techniques of otolaryngologists, orthodontists, and posthodontists; community resources in speech and hearing rehabilitation.

Ability to: use specialized equipment in the area of communication disorders; establish and maintain effective relationships with individuals and groups; speak and write effectively; supervise professional staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Washington State (OSPI) Certification in Speech Pathology.

Class Specification History

Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 8-15-86
Revised minimum qualifications: 1-13-89
Revised minimum qualifications: 3-14-89
Revised minimum qualifications: 6-9-89
Revised minimum qualifications: 4-12-91

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