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Speech Pathologist


Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


To see the full job description and to apply, please visit Recruitment Online by the Department of Education and training. Reference numbers: 1221274, 1221273

Applications close 18th April 2021



Southern Autistic School (SAS) is a specialist school dedicated to the education of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and with significant deficits in language. SAS provides evidence based educational programs to meet the learning needs of children with a diagnosis of ASD. A focus of the current Strategic Plan is making the school a centre of excellence and expertise in the delivery of education for students with autism.

The school is located in the South Eastern Region in East Bentleigh with approximately 280 students aged from 3 to 18 years. Classes have six to ten students with all children having an individual learning plan. Individual Learning Plans are based on the Victorian Curriculum with a focus on developing communication, social interaction and independence skills.

The class teacher is supported by a teaching assistant. Speech pathologists support the development of individual communication programs and occupational therapists add to the comprehensive educational team. A clinical psychologist and an experienced social worker work with families and students to further enhance student wellbeing.

At SAS we implement the Victorian Curriculum and enhance our teaching and learning programs through the use of evidence based approaches and strategies. This includes the implementation of STAR and LINKS, use of Hanen Strategies, explicit teaching and PECs. Our Secondary Programs provide great vocational education opportunities in addition to the recreation and community access. Our Early Education Program utilises Hanen Strategies, and implements aspects and strategies from the Early Start Denver Model.

There are four sub schools on the same campus each led by a highly experienced school leader. Learning Specialists additionally support the development of teaching and learning programs. Our specialist programs vary across the sub schools however include ART, Media ARTS, Physical Education, Music and Cooking. The Primary aged students also attend a Swimming Program with a magnesium pool on site.

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support principles and approaches are key to supporting student engagement and data. The school is committed to the development of the whole child and works in partnership with parents. We have a supportive parent community who regularly communicate with staff.

Vision Statement:

The SAS vision for students is to develop lifelong learners who have a sense of belonging and are encouraged to implement their skills and knowledge to make choices and accept responsibility for their decisions. Our SWPBS values are: ‘I am Safe, I am a Learner and I Belong.

Selection criteria:

It is imperative applicants address each of the five selection criteria listed below, preferably in a separate document titled “Key Selection Criteria”. Applicants are also asked to submit a covering letter and resume via Recruitment Online. If for any reason Recruitment Online is unavailable, applicants are able to submit their application via email southern.autistic.sch@education.vic.gov.au by no later than 4pm on the closing date.

If you would like further information, please contact the school on 03 9563 8139

Bruce McPhate, Principal

SC1 Significant experience as a Speech Pathologist to deliver a comprehensive therapy service to students aged 2.8 to 18 years with autism spectrum disorder and/or learning disability within an educational environment. Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of assessments.

SC2 Demonstrated professional expertise participating in and contributing to a collaborative team environment, developing supportive professional working relationships with staff, students, parents and carers, and providing advice and guidance to all involved.

SC3 Demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to consult with and advise other professionals in providing services to students with autism spectrum disorder.

SC4 Demonstrate ability to design and deliver a comprehensive speech therapy support and intervention in a school with implementation supported by teachers, ES staff, parents and carers, and relevant professionals. To provide specialist advice on appropriate intervention strategies in order to meet student needs.

SC5 Relevant clinical experience and/or knowledge in the areas of paediatric practice with specific detail in improving communication skills using an array of research-based interventions such as AAC specifically suited to students with autism spectrum disorder.


The role of experienced Speech Pathologist may include but is not limited to:

- using your professional expertise you will bring to the multi-disciplinary team the ability to design and support individual programs to assist with student with communication needs using evidenced based strategies and modes of augmentative communication

- assess the individual needs of students and develop intervention strategies and supports.

- liaise with and advise teachers regarding supports and intervention needs for their student.

- engaging in professional development training to ensure practices are evidence-based.

- complete Programs for students with Disabilities (PSD) assessment and formulate detailed reports accordingly.


The Speech Pathologist will assist in the delivery of individualised intervention for students aged 3-18 years within the classroom setting and involves:

Working within a supportive team of allied health professionals with opportunities for peer mentoring and supervision

Gaining ASD-specific professional development opportunities

Working across a board area of key competencies including but not limited to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), language, phonological awareness, feeding and self-regulation

Working collaboratively with a range of on-site healthcare professionals including occupational therapists, psychologist, social worker, and teachers experienced in working with children with autism

Supporting a workforce of teachers with specific training in ASD-specific evidence-based interventions such as PECS, Hanen “More Than Words” program, and Video Self Modelling

Becoming part of a supportive network of speech pathologists working within special schools

Building relationships with students over time for better outcomes

Involvement in the planning and delivery of professional development programs for teachers and education support staff.

Who May Apply:

Applicants must possess a minimum bachelor's degree qualification in speech pathology or equivalent. The successful applicant appointment will be conditional to that person holding a valid Working With Children check and possession of or eligibility for Speech Pathology Australia membership.

The role is full-time, however part-time arrangements may be considered to accommodate the suitable applicant, by mutual agreement.

A member of the SAS Speech Pathology Team welcomes the opportunity to meet with applicants to discuss the role and provide a tour of facilities.

Bentleigh East, VIC

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