Easter Seals of Massachusetts Inc
Speech Language Assistant
Full Time – 35 hours/week
Are you someone who is passionate about Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology? Are you interested in working with individuals across the lifespan in various settings? Are you someone who enjoys variety in their schedule and opportunities to experience new situations? Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life?
This hybrid position combines the responsibilities of a speech-language assistant, providing augmentative communication services under direction of a certified speech-language pathologist, and those of an assistive technology specialist. The staff member will provide itinerant evaluation, training, and technical support services related to the use of both assistive technology and augmentative communication in the community to children and adults with varied disabilities.
Augmentative communication services:
Collaborate with a certified speech-language pathologist on assessment, device trials, equipment set up, training and technical support for individuals in need of augmentative communication services
Familiarity with general augmentative communication strategies and systems
Familiarity with current voice output communication aids and their features
Assistive technology services:
Perform comprehensive evaluation of client’s needs for adaptive technology
Establish a plan of implementation with realistic, objective goals
Educate client and caregivers in appropriate intervention techniques to promote successful outcomes
Coordinate equipment requisitions with clients, funding agencies and other interested parties, and provide installation of equipment as needed.
Provide consultation services to clients and contracting agencies regarding augmentative communication and assistive technology both by phone and in person
Maintain appropriate documentation based on professional practice, regulatory requirements, Easter Seals policies and procedures, contracting agency requirements and third party payor guidelines
Bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology or equivalent
Valid/current professional license as a Speech-Language Assistant in Massachusetts
Must be able to work independently. Excellent communication and organizational skills.
Past experience with providing AAC services and supporting users preferred
Ability to travel to/between multiple work locations
Must be able to transport and deliver equipment
Must pass extensive background checks and provide professional references
If selected for hire, candidates must be able to provide a recent physical indicating the ability to perform the essential functions of the job either with or without accommodations, proof of
negative TB test, and required immunizations (including fully vaccinated status for Covid-19).
Why join Easterseals Massachusetts?
Easterseals Massachusetts (ESMA) offers a unique employment experience for those interested in Augmentative Communication by partnering with schools and state agencies to provide evaluation, consultation, and training services to a diverse population in a variety of settings. You will be part of a team of dedicated, experienced professionals with opportunities for professional growth through mentoring and continuing education.
ESMA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play. Join our team to make an immediate and powerful impact in the lives of the clients we serve!
What will you bring to ESMA?
A passion for improving the lives of the clients we serve
Independent time management and critical thinking skills
Effective spoken and written communication skills
Demonstrate flexibility in order to adjust to changes in organizational operations and/or job responsibilities
Ability to independently seek out support and guidance from a supervisor
Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
Easterseals Massachusetts is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. We base all employment decisions on each individual’s capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetics, or any other legally protected characteristic.