Teamwork. Integrity. Excellence. We are Aspire. Voted as one of the ‘Best and Brightest Companies to work for in Chicago’ in 2015, 2016 and 2017, we know that Together, We’re Better!
Aspire was founded in 1960 and is recognized as a leader in providing bold, pioneering, and uncompromising services to kids and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the community through our four enterprises: Aspire Kids, Aspire Living, Aspire Careers and Aspire CoffeeWorks.
We are one of the most innovative human service non-profits in the Midwest with an incredibly talented and dedicated team of more than 200 that serves nearly 1,000 kids and adults every year, and that number is growing fast.
Aspire Kids is a leading provider of family-centered pediatric occupational, physical, speech, and developmental therapy and educational support for children with developmental delays and disabilities. Individual therapy services are complimented with a variety of therapy groups, clinics, and support services. Renowned for its family-centered team approach, Aspire services not only benefits the child but the entire family through support groups, educational events, and sibshops.
Position Summary: To identify, evaluate, and provide treatment to children to support their overall communication, language, speech, and feeding/swallowing development; to integrate the family into the learning process, provide consultation, and promote the inclusion of children with disabilities within the community and school settings.
Complete comprehensive evaluations with the use of standardized assessments, make recommendations, write and measure goals and outcomes, and provide speech therapy for children of all ages.
Provide family-centered, child-directed therapy in the clinic, home, community, and school settings.
Complete accurate and thorough documentation, including evaluation reports, progress summaries, and daily notes for children assigned.
Integrate parents, family members, and key caregivers into all aspects of the provision of services.
Provide consultation to parents, caregivers, community providers, and teachers regarding the implementation of strategies, modifications, and programming to improve children’s function and independence in the clinic, home, community, and school settings.
Provide community/school education workshops/activities on topics such as speech and language development and strategies for participation in inclusive settings.
Maintain communication with team members, parents, physicians, outside agencies, and others regarding program/treatment changes as well as children’s needs and progress.
Provide coaching and in-service training for parents/caregivers, staff, and students regarding evidence-based practice, research, and trends in speech-language pathology.
Participate in professional development team meetings, continuing education opportunities, and mentoring with members of the Speech Therapy Team.
Complete required paperwork and billing in a timely and accurate manner.
Assist staff with outreach development and community education projects, as requested.
Work cooperatively with Child and Family Connections offices and meet Early Intervention standards for practice.
Ensure authorizations for services are received and accurate prior to the initiation of services.
Complete other duties as assigned by supervisor.
MA or MS in Speech/Language Pathology.
Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist in the State of Illinois.
ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency.
Early Intervention credentials highly preferred, but not required.
Extensive knowledge of assessment, intervention, and outcomes measurement for children of all ages.
Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to write reports and routine business correspondence.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from families, employees, and the general public.
Ability to self-reflect on employee performance per best practice standards, as well as assess and provide performance feedback to colleagues.
Good knowledge of PC operations and software (word processing, database, and spreadsheet) and electronic medical record systems.
Some knowledge of the methods and practices of sound records management and data tracking; ability to prepare and maintain records.
Ability to maintain confidential information.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional documents, technical procedures, and regulations.
Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with team members, families, students/interns, and the general public.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle, palpate, and facilitate movement; bend or stoop; talk, hear, and observe.
The majority of work requires moderate physical exertion and may include lifting greater than 20 pounds.
Duties are performed primarily in family homes and/or other community settings and the agency office. Work areas are restricted to non-smoking.
The psychological demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Ability to maintain pleasant working relationships with all stakeholders.
Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize work.
Teamwork. Integrity. Excellence. We are Aspire. Voted as one of the ‘Best and Brightest Companies to work for in the nation, in 2015 and in 2016, we know that Together, We’re Better!
Aspire was founded in 1960 and is recognized as a leader in providing bold, pioneering, and uncompromising services to kids and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the community through ou...r four enterprises: Aspire Kids, Aspire Living, Aspire Careers and Aspire CoffeeWorks. We are one of the most innovative human service non-profits in the Midwest with an incredibly talented and dedicated team of more than 200 that serves nearly 1,000 kids and adults every year.