I) Job Purpose
Provides speech, language, communication, feeding and swallowing disorder service to infants and toddlers with developmental delays and their families as identified in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Ensures that all (0-3) children are served timely and appropriately and in keeping with their procedural safeguards, right and needs. This position fully embraces the mission and 7 key principals for providing early intervention services in the natural environment.
II) Essential Functions
- Participates in the eligibility determination, assessment and evaluation process for infants and toddlers referred with communication and/or feeding and swallowing concerns.
- Participates in IFSP meetings for children demonstrating communication and or feeding needs by sharing evaluation/assessment information and assisting with the development of the IFSP.
- Provides routine based speech therapy in the natural environment using a coaching model and collaborative documentation.
- Communicates and collaborates on an ongoing basis with service coordinators, parents, and IFSP team members and, with parental consent, communicates with medical, educational and social entities for the purpose of establishing and reviewing therapeutic needs.
- Manages individual caseload in a manner that supports all children in the program receiving quality services for identified speech therapy needs in a timely manner.
- Maintains and submits all required documentation daily.
- Meets performance expectations (see addendum).
- Participates in project groups, committees child find activities and interagency program planning as requested by the Chief of ECI.
- May serve as Service Coordinator for infants and toddlers with speech, language, communication, feeding and swallowing disorders. (See SC addendum, if appropriate)
- May organize and facilitate (inclusive) community groups, activities and opportunities for children with communication, feeding and swallowing disorders.
- May serve as the Program Lead for SLP’s.
- May serve as the Division lead for SLP’s.
- May provide training to ECI staff and the community.
- May supervise SLP-Assistant(s).
- May supervise CLP-CF(s).
- This position requires extensive internal (team members, agency personnel) and external (doctors, ISD’s, day care providers, other agencies) contacts. The Speech Therapist will accomplish this with above average written and oral skills.