SPEECH THERAPIST JOB DESCRIPTION
The performance of all the duties and responsibilities shown below will be under the reasonable direction of the Head Teach or other Senior Management if appropriate, who will be mindful of his/her duty to ensure that the employee has a reasonable workload and sufficient support to carry out the duties of the post.
With RBK’s ethos in mind, the duties and responsibilities of a Teacher shall include the following:
Assess and treat children with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.
Takes responsibility for fostering a sense of community within RBK developing positive relationships internally and externally.
- Evaluate hearing and speech/language test results and medical or background information to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, voice, and swallowing disorders.
- Monitor student’s progress and adjust treatments accordingly.
- Administer hearing or speech/language evaluations, tests, or examinations to patients to collect information on type and degree of impairments, using written and oral tests and special instruments.
- Record information on the initial evaluation, treatment, progress, and discharge of students.
- Develop and implement treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, and inappropriate pitch or harsh voice problems, based on own assessments and recommendations of physicians, psychologists, and social workers.
- Develop individual or group programs at the School to deal with speech or language problems.
- Teach students, parents and teachers the techniques for more effective communication, including sign language, lip reading, and voice improvement.
- Teach students to control or strengthen tongue, jaw, face muscles, and breathing mechanisms.
- Develop speech exercise programs to reduce disabilities.
- Consult with and advise teaching staff on speech or hearing topics such as communication strategies and speech and language stimulation.
- Share with students and family members the strategies to cope with or avoid communication-related misunderstandings.
- Design, develop, and employ alternative diagnostic or communication devices and strategies.
- Conduct lessons and direct educational or therapeutic games to assist teachers dealing with speech problems.
- Refer students to additional medical or educational services if needed.
- Participate in conferences or training, or publish research results, to share knowledge of new hearing or speech disorder treatment methods or technologies.
- Communicate with non-speaking students, using sign language or computer technology.
- Provide communication instruction to dialect speakers or students with limited English proficiency.
- Use computer applications to identify and assist with communication disabilities.
- Conduct or direct research on speech or hearing topics, and report findings for use in developing procedures, technologies, or treatments.
Personal and Professional Development
- Reviewing and evaluating one’s own teaching and learning strategies, methodologies and programme/s in line with EYFS Framework guidelines;
- To represent the RB brand and its interests in the wider community;
- Participating in In-Service education and training courses as well as in continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities, and taking part in action research exercises;
- Contributing to the professional development of new Teachers and Teacher Assistants according to arrangements agreed with the Head Teacher;
- Nurtures a culture where teachers view themselves essentially as facilitators of learning and reflective practitioners;
- Abiding by the terms and conditions for their employment as outlined in the contract signed by both parties;
- Be punctual and well presented at all times;
- Maintain and up-to-date understanding of current trends in field.
- Taking appropriate responsibility for one’s own health, safety and welfare and the health and safety of students, visitors and work colleagues in accordance with the requirements of legislation and school policies; including taking responsibility for raising concerns with an appropriate manager;
- Participating in staff, group or other meetings related to the school curriculum or pastoral care arrangements, for the better organisation and administration of the school;
- Ensuring the safe custody and optimum use of equipment normally used by oneself during sessions;
- Sharing in any possible and reasonable way in the effective management, organisation, order and discipline of RBK;
- Demonstrate commitment to the use of technology and information systems to support teaching and learning;
- Support initiatives decided by the Head Teacher and Staff.
- Create a secure, happy and stimulating environment, maintaining the highest standards of organisation and discipline;
- To maintain positive links with parents through regular meetings and to report the outcomes of all such contacts to the Head Teacher;
- Providing guidance and advice to parents on educational and social matters and on their further education and future careers; providing information on sources of more expert advice.
- Registering and monitoring the attendance of students under one’s care;
- In the case of students with severe learning difficulties and with communication problems, ensuring that the Journal Book is daily updated with the necessary information including parents’ signature;
- Liaising and collaborating with specialist teachers/resource persons and other professionals working with statemented students.
- Full commitment to the School and enthusiastically involved in its activities, thus helping to promote a flourishing corporate life within the school;
- To be aware of the School’s policies, to act in accordance with these and to help in their revision and preparation, as and when required to do so by the Head Teacher and SMT Board;
- Act as an ambassador, raising the profile of RBK; and
- Attend out of hours events on behalf of the RB team under the discretion of the SMT Board.