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Position Description: Speech Pathologist – Grade 2

Position Type: Full time

Reports to: Community Hub Manager

Date: September 2016

About Irabina

For over 40 years, Irabina Childhood Autism Services has been making a positive difference to the lives of children and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Irabina provides services to over 200 families of children from the time of diagnosis. It is a not for profit organisation that is governed by a board of directors.

We are currently seeking an Experienced Psychologist to provide services within the context of a trans-disciplinary model, to deliver specified outcomes for children with autism. It is anticipated that you will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in Psychology; some of this must be working with children with autism.

This will include providing individual sessions with children, delivering parent education programs and workshops to families and professionals, working in Irabina’s holiday programs as required, and conducting diagnostic, educational, and cognitive and other assessments.

Irabina offers an extensive Professional Development program for this position.

Our Vision:

To transform the lives of people and families with Autism and associated conditions through best practice principles

Our Mission:

To be the centre of Excellence for those living with Autism and associated Conditions

Our Values:

Excellence: We strive for excellence in our programs and services by delivering what we promise and adding value beyond what is expected. We achieve through innovation, learning, and adaptability by the dedicated effort of every team member.

Integrity: We are dependable, trustworthy, and loyal, conveying sensitivity to your situation. We are consistent, transparent, and respect confidentiality.

Empower: We encourage self-belief, inspire growth and development by providing pathways to knowledge and resources. We foster flexibility and encourage your ability to make change.

Support: We show empathy, respect and acceptance for individual differences, approaches and styles. We are compassionate and caring.


To assume the role of Speech pathologist in a trans-disciplinary team of professionals committed to family centered practice. The role is both profession specific and one of a skilled early intervention worker and family service coordinator.


The responsibilities of a professional Speech pathologist include:

  1. Behaving in accordance with Irabina Autism Service Values – Excellence, Integrity, Support, and Empowerment
  2. Planning and providing therapy to children with an ASD in a trans-disciplinary group environment
  3. Providing family service coordination to allocated families
  4. Providing information regarding the role of the Speech pathologist to families
  5. Providing individual and/or group therapy to children in line with identified family centered goals
  6. Speech and Language skills assessments as well as play skills observations
  7. Documenting all assessment and intervention information, including therapy reports, to a high standard, consistent with Irabina policies
  8. Undertaking education sessions to families, team members and community members to improve outcomes for children with an ASD
  9. Undertaking ongoing professional development to work towards the below competencies
  10. Attending and contributing to regular discipline specific meetings.
  11. Contributing to discipline specific and Irabina wide planning and evaluation of services
  12. Participating in clinical supervision and mentoring sessions
  13. To provide clinical supervision to more junior staff members
  14. To provide student supervision
  15. To participate in Quality Improvement activities on an ongoing basis
  16. To display a commitment to self-directed learning
  17. To lead or co-lead a specific program e.g. feeding group, basketball program.
Core Competencies: The following core competencies are those that Irabina believes all Speech Pathologists working with a child with autism in early intervention should be working towards.  As an organization we provide assistance to employees in attaining this knowledge, experience and professionalism.  
  1. Develop abilities of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    1. Knowledge of typical childhood communication, social, and eating development and its applications
    2. Knowledge of atypical childhood communication, social, and eating development and how this impacts on young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    3. Knowledge of evidence based intervention strategies including speech and language intervention, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, feeding and mealtime interventions, and social skills interventions.
    4. Knowledge of how environmental factors influence interventions on a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    5. Ability to foster relationships with the child to support their learning, development and skills
  2. Strengthen family participation in a child’s development
    1. Understanding of a family centered practice and how this impacts on the interventions undertaken
    2. Ability to enable families to recognise and develop their own strengths in relation to their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    3. Ability to identify family need and to work in partnership with the family and other professionals to ensure that the families are addressed.
    4. Ability to create conditions which enable a family to advocate for their child to the degree they choose.
  1. Optimise community inclusion for young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    1. Understanding of what an inclusive environment is for a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and ability to promote this within a child’s natural settings.
    2. Within a child’s own community, ability to encourage the capacity of individuals who can support their inclusion.
  1. Service Delivery
    1. Ability to assess a child’s ability to participate confidently at home and in their local community through formal and informal assessments
    2. Experience in writing detailed Service plans based on the families identified needs and strengths and with their input and approval.
    3. Deliver current speech pathology interventions, both individually and group focused, in line with the identified needs of the child and best speech pathology practice.
    4. To work efficiently and effectively within specified time frames allocated for service.
    5. To work in a transdisciplinary team environment and communicate and collaborate with other clinicians and support staff.
    6. Ability to listen to parents and to provide feedback on their child’s progress in an open, honest and caring environment.
    7. Ability to provide information to the community in relation to your knowledge learnt from children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    8. Ability to produce written information, such as professional reports, parent handouts and other material according to standards set by Irabina within a specified time frame.
  1. Engagement of others
    1. Knowledge if the Early Intervention sector and how to work within this sector to provide improved outcomes for Irabina and families and children
  1. Develop own Capabilities
    1. Open to looking for and acting positively upon feedback in relation to your own performance.
    2. Open to providing feedback to team members on performance.
    3. Participation in Professional development of yourself and other team members.
    4. Ability to implement professional development to achieve better personal, family and organisation outcomes.
  Key Performance Indicators:
  1. Staff and Clients
  2. Clients and families demonstrate satisfaction with performance as measured through 12 monthly satisfaction surveys of the Organisation (specific to the department, not clinician).
  3. Feedback on performance and behaviour will be provided regularly through the PDR process, in accordance with Irabina’s Values, high levels of satisfaction with performance are expected.
  1. Sustainability
  2. Contact hours will be met in accordance with the needs of the business, and in agreement with CEO and Clinical Services Manager.
  3. Future
  4. Demonstrate innovation with regard to the business, by offering ideas and seeking opportunities to develop clinical activities at Irabina which are best practice.
  1. Speech Pathology Qualification and eligibility for practicing membership of Speech Pathology Australia.
  2. Experience in Paediatric Speech Pathology service provision.
  3. Applicants must undergo a Working with children check.
  4. Current driver’s license.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  6. High level negotiation, conflict resolution and problem solving skills.
  7. Commitment to providing services to people from diverse language/cultural backgrounds.
  1. Experience in speech path service provision to children with ASD and/or developmental disabilities.
  2. Awareness of principles of, and dedication to evidence-based practice.
  3. Awareness of the principles of family centered practice.
  4. ESDM, ADOS, Hanen training.
  5. Experience in speech path diagnostic assessments.
  1. To be employed in accordance with the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010.
  2. Irabina is a Public Benevolent Institution, generous Salary Packaging Options are available to all Irabina staff.
Participation in Performance Review Procedures and all other quality improvement initiatives implemented by Irabina Childhood Autism Services.