Position: Speech Therapist
Established in 1893, Helen Keller Services mission is to enable individuals, who are blind or have vision loss to live, work and thrive in their communities of choice. HKS is a pioneer in the field of blindness rehabilitation and education. Serving children from birth to age 5, the Children’s Learning Center is the only center in New York City that specializes in serving children who are visually impaired, blind and/or have multiple disabilities.
This is an exciting time to join our team here at Helen Keller Services. We have opened a new school that we designed from the ground up. The new classrooms are large and well furnished with lots of adaptive toys and equipment. The classrooms have 8 children, 1 teacher and 2 assistant teachers in them. The teaching staff is encouraged to be creative in their lesson planning and learning materials are plentiful. We are centrally located at 180 Livingston Street which is accessible by the B, D, F, A, C, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains. This is a full time staff positions with full benefits including a 403B retirement plan and a tuition reimbursement program. We follow the New York City Department of Education calendar plus a 6 week summer session.
The Speech Therapist Conducts Speech Therapy evaluations on incoming Early Intervention and preschool students. The children may have developmental delays as well as multiple impairments and have severe medical issues. Maintaining positive communication with parents, other staff members and professionals outside of HKSB is critical to success. Must demonstrate a sincere commitment to HKSB’s Mission and Values and conduct him/herself at a high professional level at all times and project a positive image of HKSB internally and externally. Reporting to the Children’s Learning Center (CLC) school principal the therapist’s primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Conducts Speech Therapy session for both the Preschool and Early Intervention Programs.
- Writes progress notes for Early Intervention students, 4x/year per EI student.
- Write quarterly progress notes and annual reports for Preschool students.
- Conducts 30 minute speech therapy treatment sessions as mandated by preschool IEP’s and Early Intervention IFSP reports. Number of sessions a day varies as attendance/caseload changes throughout the year, generally approximately 9 sessions a day.
- Writes daily treatment notes for each Early Intervention student
- Enters clinical session notes into the NYC DOE EasyTrac system on a daily basis.
- Communicates on a regular basis with families and Early Intervention service coordinators; phone calls, notes, meetings, approximately 1x/day.
- Writes letters to children’s doctors and insurance companies on an as-needed basis, periodic throughout the year, approximately 1x/month.
- Attends classroom team meetings 1x/week.
- Attends IFSP and IEP meetings on an as-needed basis, periodically throughout the year.
- Attends professional development workshops, approximately 1-2x/year.
- Leads parent workshops on an as-needed basis, approximately 1x/year.
- Assists classroom staff in incorporating therapeutic strategies with students and within class routines on an as-needed basis.
- Trains staff and/or speech therapy interns periodically throughout the year.Can vary from occasional training to daily training for a 3-month period (for speech therapy interns)
- Takes part in equipment and orthotic clinics on an as-needed basis, writing letters of justification for equipment if needed.Orthotic clinic approximately 1x/month, assisting families to obtain adaptive equipment approximately 4x/year
- Complete paperwork necessary for preschool and EI billing, 1x/day
Education and Experience
Master’s Degree in speech therapy. New York State License as a Speech / Language Pathologist and as a Teacher of Speech and Hard of Hearing. Certificate of Clinical Competencies, (also known as the “C’s”).
- Knowledge from graduate level speech therapy courses, including sensory integration, feeding, communication and behavioral strategies.
- Knowledge of school-wide policies including the HIPPA privacy act and general hygiene practices.
- Knowledge from continuing education workshops including:CPR, First Aid, basic use of orthotics, assistive technology
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