Under the supervision of the Building Administrator and the direction of the Department of Student Services,
the Speech/Language pathologist provides consultative, diagnostic, and therapeutic services for students with speech and language disorders.
1. Must hold a Masters’ Degree from an accredited program of Speech and Language Pathologist, and must be eligible or hold a license as a speech and language pathologist issued by the Virginia Board of Health Professions.
2. Demonstrate ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
3. Ongoing evidence of mental and physical competence to perform assigned responsibilities may be required from a qualified physician.
4. An applicant who has had prior experience in a related position must have a performance rating which is acceptable to Stafford County Public Schools for such experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Demonstrate competency in administering and interpreting tests for speech and language impairments.
2. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate a comprehensive education program
appropriate to the educational needs of the speech and language impaired student.
3 . Demonstrate the knowledge of local, state, and national guidelines for serving the speech and language impaired.
4 . Demonstrate the knowledge of technology and its application in relation to the therapist’s
5. Demonstrate the ability to relate positively to staff, students, parents and other community
6. Demonstrate appropriate use of written and verbal communication; thorough knowledge of
English grammar and usage.
7. Demonstrate effective time management and organizational skills.
8. Demonstrate knowledge of the special education process and current legal mandates as related to Special Education.
9. Demonstrate ability to address criticism in an appropriate manner and develop constructive
10. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of his/her field and the ability to provide students, staff
members and parents with appropriate methods and strategies.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Identify students needing speech and language evaluation through implementation of screening and/or referral procedures.
2. Screen all students who are new to the division and all those referred from private schools.
3. Refer to a physician or other specialists, those students whose speech problems may have an
4. Obtain diagnostic information through formalized testing, analyze this information, and assist in the determination of services according to Stafford County eligibility criteria.
5. Gather information from teachers and parents to assist in the assessment of specific student
problems and attend Child Study meetings, as appropriate.
6. Develop long and short-term goals for student’s individualized education program (IEP).
7. Implement an appropriate therapy plan based on written objectives.
8. Schedule and group students according to the nature and severity of their communication
9. Implement therapy activities in a logical sequence.
10. Use materials compatible with student’s level and interest.
11. Create a positive environment conducive to productive therapy.
12. Maintain confidential records in accordance with Stafford County records management
13. Inform staff of program services.
14. Confer with parents and teachers of students enrolled in therapy.
15. Maintain ongoing records of student’s performance in order to evaluate student’s progress in
16. Conduct mid-term and annual reviews, triennial evaluations, and update short-term objectives, as required.
17. Provide staff development to teachers and school staff members on topics concerning
18. Provide information related to communication to parents.
19. Actively pursue professional growth activities.
20. Adhere to guidelines of confidentiality as outlined in federal and state laws and School Board
Policies and Procedures.
21. Maintain a record of appropriate attendance and punctuality.
22. Serve as an optimal role model for students, colleagues, and the general public.
23. Must work in close harmony with colleagues, supervisors, and co-workers.
23. Maintain a clean, neat appearance, appropriate to position.
24. Comply with all district and school policies and regulations.
25. Perform other duties as assigned.