Speech Therapist - Glenroy Specialist School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Glenroy Specialist School, Hilton Street, Glenroy VIC, Australia
  • 20 Jul, 2022
Full time - Fixed Term Student Services Teaching Aides & Special Needs Administrative and other Support Services

Job Description

Job ID: 1287629
Location: Glenroy Specialist School
Department: Glenroy Specialist School
Role Type: Other
Subjects/Duties:  
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term
Classification: Ed Support Level 1-Range 3
Apply By: 19/08/2022
Other Information:  
Begin Date: 03/10/2022
End Date: 23/06/2023
Hours: 38.00
Contact Name: Allan Waterson
Phone: 9304 2263
School Website: www.glenroyss.vic.edu.au

 

Glenroy Special School provides a stimulating, caring and safe learning environment for students with physical disabilities/health impairments. We provide for students who are aged from 5 to 18 years and currently have an enrolment of 147.

The school environment is designed with an extensive hoist system, internal & external play areas, hydrotherapy & nursing facilities, and a transport hub for the fleet of buses that transport the students to and from school.

Many students have multiple disabilities with visual impairment, hearing impairment and epilepsy in addition to their physical disability. We also have students with high-support health care needs.

Three nurses manage the general wellbeing and health support. Glenroy Special School staff work together to provide students with a comprehensive program within an integrated curriculum. Therapy is conducted within the classroom by the whole team.

The school is divided into three sub-schools each with a sub-school leader. Sub-schools are age based with individual classes formed to cater for student academic and social abilities. Our senior school offers Transition programs. School specialist teaching rooms include art, library, music/music therapy, physiotherapy and OT spaces, sensory rooms, and a hydrotherapy pool.

All staff support students in education, therapy & recreation programs. All staff participate in personal care programs and are involved in manual handling.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding and interest of the role of the Speech Pathologist in a school for students with significant and multiple disabilities and complex health needs.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in working with students with complex/severe swallowing and communication needs.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in supporting the use of Augmentative and Alternative AAC.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated understanding and passion for working in a large transdisciplinary team and collaborating with a variety of healthcare and education professionals i.e., occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, teachers, administration staff and education support staff.
  • Demonstrated a high level of communication and ability to maintain positive professional relationships with a large range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain appropriate documentation including therapy plans, profiles, reports, recording keeping, and assessment and progress notes.

Role

Range 3 is distinguished by the introduction of management responsibility and accountability for the delivery of professional support services. The role will usually impact beyond the work area or professional field. It seeks to gain cooperation of other staff members or members of the school community to achieve specific objectives, such as in school administration, operations, or educational programs.

Direction on targets and goals is provided but the position will have some degree of latitude in determining how they are achieved. This latitude will generally be limited by standard procedures and school policy.  Deviation from standard procedures and school policy will require guidance and direction from senior management.

The provision of business management responsibilities becomes a feature at range 3.  Management of staff to achieve the expected outcomes is a key responsibility.

Staff management issues will be resolved with minimal reference to senior management, although guidance will be required in more complex cases.  

Senior management will be provided with timely reports and advice, although this will generally be confined to matters relating to the immediate work area, service provision or educational program and is unlikely to impact substantially on whole of school operations.

This is the minimum range for positions that carry a mandatory qualification requirement of not less than four years.  Professional student support positions become a feature at range 3 (e.g. therapists, psychologists) where standard professional services are delivered.  

Professional support and guidance will be close at hand and deviation from standard procedures and school policy will require guidance and direction from senior management.

An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor.

Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employees position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate within different teams of varying professionals to support student learning and access to curriculum
  • Work with teachers and other therapists to assess, plan and implement programs and individual student goals
  • Plan and deliver professional development and training for staff, families, and others as required by Glenroy Specialist School
  • Develop the communication skills and systems for each student and train staff in the use of these
  • Develop mealtime profiles for each student and train staff accordingly
  • Adherence to Glenroy Specialist School’s policies, procedures, and initiatives
    In situ modelling, coaching, and training for the classroom teams
  • Prescribe, develop, monitor, review and maintain communication systems and equipment
  • Participate in school professional development
  • Attend meetings as required by Glenroy Specialist School
  • Collaborating with other therapists to develop and support student mealtime programs
  • Provide individual and general advice to families
  • Liaise with other professionals and external agencies as required
  • Support funding applications
  • Provide detailed student reports as required
  • In line with school assessment timelines, prepare and review twice yearly an annual therapy plan, including assessments for each student to be included as part of their IEP and assessment processes

Who May Apply

It is preferable that applicants have recent experience working with children with disabilities.

Applicants must hold a Speech Pathology qualification at or above degree level.

Subject

Not Applicable

School Type

P12

Job Closing Date

19 Aug, 2022