As a Speech Pathologist within the Early Developmental Intervention Service program, you will serve on an inter-disciplinary team to screen, evaluate, and serve eligible infants/toddlers who have established developmental delays or are at high risk for delays, and whose families are stationed with the U.S. military in Germany or Korea. You will utilize established screening and evaluation procedures to identify developmental delay of children from birth through three years of age who, but for their age, are entitled to attend the DoD schools; conduct comprehensive evaluations of their development across all five functional domains; participate with EDIS team members and the family in determining eligibility for services; assist families in identifying their needs and resources; and help families to develop strategies that are individualized for each family. You will ensure a seamless transition to appropriate follow-up services when children reach three years of age, or relocate out of the area. Previous experience with providing Early Intervention Service to infants and toddlers pursuant to Part C of IDEA is highly desired and preferred.
Serves as Speech-Language Pathologist for the Early Intervention Services (EIs) of the Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) program; provides early intervention services to infants/toddlers and their families who are eligible for early intervention services under Department of Defense criteria. Clients include infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities, including neuromuscular and motor dysfunction, cognitive delays, speech and language difficulties, and behavioral/emotional disorders. Implements a family-centered approach to services that supports and fosters confidence and competence in families to meet the needs of their own child.
1. Child Find, Screening and Evaluation Services: Establish and conduct screening procedures to identify children in the EDIS Area of Responsibility (AOR) who may require early intervention services. Coordinates and participates in Child Find activities to ensure that infants and toddlers with special needs are identified and referred for evaluation. Consults with MTF referral sources, service providers, day care workers and others who interact with children and their families. Coordinates and participates in the comprehensive family-centered assessment of the resources, priorities, and concerns of the family and identification of the support services necessary to enhance the family’s capacity to meet the needs of the eligible infant or toddler and his/her family. Conducts family interviews and selects, administers, scores, and interprets individually appropriate developmental assessment measures to determine children's present level of development. Collects data from other team members and agencies involved in the evaluation process. Discusses assessment results with parents and provides written and oral reports of evaluation and provides feedback to referral sources. Participates in the EDIS EIP public awareness program to include providing information throughout the AOR on early identification of infants and toddlers with disabilities and the available resources/services within the community. Utilize professional diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to perform screening and evaluation of infant/toddler level of development of all forms of communication, including expressive and receptive language, communicative intent, and gesturing.
2. Intervention Services: Participates in an interdisciplinary team, including the parents, in the development of Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), ensuring that the IFSP is completed in a timely manner and is updated at least every six months. Provides early intervention services to infants and/or toddlers and their families through services in the home, child care center, or other community settings identified in the IFSP. Delivers intervention services consistent with licensure and program guidance and philosophy. Consults and provides technical assistance to other early intervention team members and agencies within the AOR (e.g., Child Development Services etc). Ensures that meetings are scheduled at a time convenient for the parents and all required team members participating in the plan. Ensures that services specified in the IFSP are obtained and delivered. Ensures that meetings are conducted to transition children from the EIP to preschool services or other programs as needed. Maintains appropriate ongoing contact with families to detect and respond to changes in family or child needs. Coordinates services across agency lines for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Informs families of their due process rights provided under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and applicable DoD regulations. Maintains all documentation of services and completes data entry, as required, in the Special Needs Program Management Information System (SNPMIS).
3. Service Coordination and Education: Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary team (often as the Primary Provider) to develop an appropriate Individualized Family Service Plan for an infant/toddler and family. Serves as service coordinator for families and as liaison to school-based or other community-based service delivery programs. Initiates appropriate contacts and prepares reports, letters, and documents as required. Conducts training for EIS personnel, other community groups, and MTF personnel. Responsible for driving to client homes, day care centers, schools, or other community or natural settings to deliver service programs. Participates in the Inter-component Coordinating Council (ICC), as required. Participates in the Army EDIS Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD). Completes required CSPD training modules toward certification of competence as an early interventionist. Keeps current with emerging technology and developments in pertinent subject matter for licensure. Read current professional publications or journals and participates in continuing education training conferences.
• Master's degree or higher in speech pathology with relevant concentration in pediatrics.
• Two years experience working with infants and toddlers using family-centered techniques delivered in the child's natural setting.
• Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC-SPL) as awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
• Active license in at least one US state or territory.