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TENTATIVE

Occ. Code 5932310

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST 1, GRADE 16

5932310

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST 2, GRADE 18

5932320

 

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

          Speech Language Pathologists assess, evaluate, and treat individuals who have communication and swallowing disorders.  Positions provide clinical services as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, or within a Speech Language Pathology department.  Speech Language Pathologists are classified primarily within the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, the Office of Mental Health, and the Department of Health.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

          SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST 1: entry level; under the direction of a Speech Language Pathologist 2 or higher level clinician, assesses, diagnoses, treats, and helps to prevent communication and swallowing disorders; provides clinical services as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, or within a Speech Language Pathology Department.

          SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST 2: full performance-level; under the direction of a Speech Language Pathology Audiology Program Coordinator or higher level clinician, assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent communication and swallowing disorders; provides consultant services for treatment programming and evaluation; and may provide clinical supervision of Speech Language Pathologists 1 and Audiologists 1.

RELATED CLASSES

          Audiologists diagnose, manage, and treat patients hearing, balance, or ear problems by determining the extent of hearing loss; prescribing, fitting, and checking hearing aids and cochlear implants; and counseling patients on ways to cope with hearing loss.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

          SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST 1: evaluates and manages swallowing disorders; conducts oral-motor assessments; coordinates and carries out swallowing studies; teaches individuals how to develop and strengthen the muscles used to swallow and/or speak; monitors individuals who have been determined to have high need in the areas of swallowing or communication; recommends diet consistencies and dining techniques; teaches patients how to make sounds and improve their voices; trains staff in choking prevention and aspiration; completes Augmentative and Alternative Communication evaluations; assists in the development of individualized treatment plans and records changes in patients conditions as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team; and maintains a variety of records.

          SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST 2: in addition, Speech Language Pathologists 2 provide consultation upon referral for individuals communication needs, including appropriate follow-up regarding guidelines, staff training, and direct therapy; and may provide clinical supervision of Speech Language Pathologists 1 and Audiologists 1.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

          SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST 1

Open-Competitive: Masters degree in speech-language pathology or comparable degrees which meet the requirements for New York State licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist or American Speech and Hearing Association certification in speech-language pathology.

          SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST 2

Open-Competitive: New York State licensure as a Speech-Language Pathologist or American Speech and Hearing Association certification in speech-language pathology, and one year of post-masters experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Date:  4/17

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent, and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.