Opening for full-time Speech-Language Pathologist 2018-2019 School Year

The Speech-Language Pathologist is responsible for addressing the social and communication needs of students with an autism spectrum disorder.

Responsibilities include:

    • Administer speech and language screenings/ assessments/evaluations.
    • Develop and implement speech and language treatment goals and objectives.
    • Determine Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) needs, strategies and systems for each individual student.
    • Integrate AAC strategies and systems into the students daily activities.
    • Integrate evidence-based practices for autism spectrum disorder into therapy sessions.
    • Collect data on speech and language goals and objectives.
    • Use data to guide therapy planning.
    • Generate clinical SOAP notes and maintain therapeutic records.
    • Create necessary materials to support a variety of communicative needs.
    • Integrate staff training on the use of communication strategies and devices.
    • Collaborate with team on individual student’s communication needs and generalization of communication skills to all classes.
    • Write quarterly reports for parents and districts.
  • Maintain personal development, certification with the ASHA professional organization, and state licensing.


    • Master’s Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders.
    • Professional speech and language certification by the State of Missouri.
    • ASHA certificate of clinical competence.
    • Minimum 3 years’ clinical experience in providing speech and language treatment infusing behavioral principles and techniques with individuals on the autism spectrum and with related disabilities.
    • Agree to submit to background check.
  • Must have no physical limitations. Candidate must be able to lift. He/She must be able to participate in the CPI model of physical restraint.

Position is full-time

Social Skills

All Giant Steps students participate in social skills classes with small groups of peers, usually 2 to 4 children per session.

The Social Skills class was created with the primary goal to teach students how to learn skills such as; how to sit at a table with others, engage in an activity, take a turn, wait for others to play, and learn how to win and lose. When you walk into this class you will see a wide variety of games to entice every child, at every level and ability.

We have seen our children develop, and the teachers help the students learn how to appropriately interact with peers, as well as how to be cooperative in group settings.

Students may be building a pretend zoo, working intently in a social skills workbook, practicing imitation skills, or learning how to have conversations with friends. Others are building with Legos, or matching their faces to different emotions.

These activities allow the children to learn important social skills while experiencing a fun classroom environment.