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Speech Language Assistant

Job Description


This position conducts speech/language therapy activities with students under the direction of a certified speech/language therapist and travels between assigned elementary or secondary schools as necessary.

Reports to Director of Student Services or designee; receives assigned caseload and lead direction from assigned speech/language therapist.


  1. Conducts therapy programs and activities for students, singly or in small groups that will assist the student in meeting objectives as directed by the speech/language therapist.
  2. Provides therapy support in classroom as appropriate.
  3. Relays information regarding students from staff to students.
  4. Travels between schools for therapy sessions; schedules time for direct therapy; plans travel times; checks in with building staff.
  5. Assists in planning programs for students; assembles materials needed for programs; prepares and updates schedules.
  6. Prepares speech/language therapy files; files district forms; completes paperwork under direction of the speech/language therapist.
  7. Contacts teachers, assistants, principals and others for consultation. Contacts parents as needed under the direction of the speech/language therapist.
  8. Records progress and attendance of students; updates plans.
  9. Attends departmental, building, and IEP meetings.
  10. Serves as a team member in designated regular education/special education classrooms.
  11. Constructs materials for students; modifies materials as necessary and as directed by the speech/language therapist.
  12. Attends to personal hygiene needs of students as needed; occasionally required to lift and carry students.
  13. Performs related duties as assigned.

Requires dexterity and precision; may be required to attend to students’ personal hygiene needs; occasionally required to lift and carry students; exposed to infectious diseases; required to travel between work sites.


FLSA: Covered


Education and Experience
High school graduation or equivalent required. BS or BA in speech/language pathology preferred. Experience working with speech preferred. Work experience with preschool, elementary and secondary special needs students preferred.

Allowable Substitution

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of developmental milestones and general children’s development.
  • Experience in working with students with communication, learning, behavioral and/or physical handicaps required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of grammar and English usage.
  • Ability to articulate clearly.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to establish a positive rapport with students.
  • Ability to maintain program records and organize materials.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to follow directions.
  • Ability to schedule activities and attend to detail.
  • Ability to be creative, resourceful and flexible.
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to follow procedures established by state laws.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and parents.

Licenses/Special Requirements
Speech Language Pathologist Assistant certification (SLP-A)

Updated: 10/2012