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Description of the role
Bethesda is recognized throughout the Niagara Region as the provider of services and supports to children and youth with special needs. Core services include applied behaviour analysis, occupational therapy, speech and language services, and family support. Working to promote Bethesda’s values, vision and mission statement, the Communicative Disorder Assistant (“CDA”) will implement speech and language treatment programs for children, youth and their families, under the guidance of the Speech-Language Pathologist.
CDA’s work collaboratively with Speech-Language Pathologists to implement therapy goals using specialized training, tools, and techniques, to help transform the lives of individuals and families through effective communication.
The CDA will work collaboratively supporting the delivery of Speech-Language Pathology services under the supervision of a qualified SLP.
Key Job Responsibilities
• Follow and administer treatment plans with clients developed by the SLP
• Assist in the development and implementation of training and workshops to provide communication strategies to caregivers and other professionals within the community
• Assist in the development and implementation of group and individual treatment programs targeting speech, language, augmentative-alternative communication (AAC), fluency, and social communication goals
• Assist with preparation and development of treatment materials and completion of projects within the Speech & Language department
• Work collaboratively with Speech-Language Pathologist and other clinical team members to develop and deliver interdisciplinary treatment programs
• Maintain clinical records and treatment progress reports
• Post-graduate diploma or certificate from a recognized Communicative Disorders Assistant program
• Member in good standing with the Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada (CDAAC)
• Experience working with children who experience a variety of special needs, including communication disorders
• Ability to work creatively with clients both individually and in group settings, in the home and school settings
• Knowledge of speech and language treatment theories, methods, and techniques
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in child development
• Background in ASD, and developmental disabilities is an asset
• Demonstrated ability to work independently without daily supervision, while planning and delivering speech and language services
• Demonstrated ability to work as a team member
• Strong planning, organizational, and time management skills
• Strong computer skills
• First Aid an asset
• Valid Ontario Driver’s License and access to a vehicle
Bethesda offers staff competitive wages, career advancement, First Aid and Non Violent Crisis Intervention training as well as enrollment in our HOOPP Pension and Extended Healthcare Plans. We offer employment perks including onsite parking, casual dress and exclusive discounts at various local vendors.