Speech Therapist - Sunshine Special Development School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Sunshine West VIC 3020, Australia
  • 09 Apr, 2021

Job Description

Job ID: 1222852
Location: Sunshine Special Development S
Department: Sunshine Special Development S
Role Type: Speech Pathologist
Subjects/Duties: View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term
Classification: Ed Support Level 1-Range 3
Apply By: 04/14/2021
Contact Name: Trisha Thompson
Phone: 03 9311 4804
School Website: www.ssds.vic.edu.au

Location Profile
Located in Melbourne's Western suburbs, Sunshine Special Developmental School (SDS) offers a unique and innovative learning environment for 165 students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities. Our school is home to a wide range of students from various nationalities and cultural backgrounds.

Our educational programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of students, and include the use of the ABLES (Abilities Based Learning and Educational Support) program. Learning is delivered in line with the Victorian Curriculum with an emphasis on literacy, communication, numeracy and the development of valuable social skills.

Students participate in additional programs to provide appropriate enrichment and stimulation. These include visual art, library, physical education, performing art and dance therapy.

A key aspect of our programming includes opportunities for integration with main stream school settings, various organisations and the wider community. Students are encouraged to participate in these programs, giving back their time and energy, and reinforcing their value within their local community.

Sunshine SDS is committed to fostering a strong and meaningful partnership with our diverse parents community, providing them with insight into all aspects of their children's educational path towards reaching their full potential. We encourage and welcome families to become active members of our school community.

The school is committed to child safety. We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers.

We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently. We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.

We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.

The school's team of Allied Health Professionals form a vital part of the support for all students. The team includes Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapist and Allied Health Assistants and Psychologists. The school also has a Chaplain and Nurse to provide additional support for both students and families.

Professional Learning Teams help to build the capacity of teachers to improve learning outcomes, and enrich students experiences. Our staff are encouraged to work with new and innovative methods of learning and teaching to provide a stimulating and accountable curriculum. Individual Learning Plans identifying priority learning are developed in conjunction with parents that have reachable but challenging goals for students.

Our school aims to encourage and support young people to live happy and fulfilling lives by nurturing independence and self-worth.

Our school profile fully supports our learning community vision and values of:


‘Excellence in education for every student, every day, without exception.’


Learning - we strive for excellence in the achievement of knowledge and skills

Collaboration - we take collective responsibility to reflect on and improve instructional practice for student learning and growth

Respect - we demonstrate high standards of professional Integrity, trust and commitment

Courage - we challenge ourselves with a spirit of open mindedness, honesty and optimism

Persistence - we hold firm to our purpose positively approaching hardships and challenges

Selection Criteria

KSC 1 Demonstrates abiity to select and apply current evidence based practice in the provision of Speech Pathology practice in a multidisciplinary education setting.

KSC 2 Demonstrates ability to form collaborative partnerships with families, staff and community members from a range of professional and cultural backgrounds.

KSC 3 Demonstrates excellence in oral and written communication.

KSC 4 Demonstrates commitment to ongoing professional development, particularly in the area of paediatric disability practice.

KSC 5 Demonstrates ability to use inititative for problem solving, setting priorities within the case load and time management.

The primary role of the Speech Pathology team at Sunshine SDS is to support students to develop their communication skills in order to facilitate participation in their educational program. The Speech Pathologists use an integrated collaborative service delivery model, working alongside teachers, assistants, other therapists and families to develop the students' understanding and use of language and communication in all daily activities. They also support students with swallowing and mealtime difficulties through staff and family training and mealtime assistance programs. At Sunshine SDS a multi-modal approach to communication is used, and as a result our students communicate using a range of models including augmentative and alternative communication strategies with a particular focus on Prologuo2Go. The Speech Pathologists also support staff and families to develop their skills in specific interactive and communication approaches including intensive interaction.

The responsibilities of this position will be:

  1. In consultation with the Speech Pathology Team, develop, deliver and evaluate speech pathology services for students with communicationn difficulties and disabilities.
  2. Assist and participate in the development of policies, strategies, processes and procedures for the effective delivery of speech pathology services for students and Sunshine SDS.
  3. Provide consultation, programming ideas and strategies to teachers in case management, particularly in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication and effective communication for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  4. Provide assistance to parents in regards to communication and swallowing concerns/issues of students at home.
  5. Develop and maintain links with community resources and facilitate school community networks.
  6. Develop and implement professional development programs for staff in the areas within speech pathology scope of practice.
  7. Maintain appropriate records and provide written and oral reports in line with school policies and procedures.

Who May Apply

  • Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.
  • Must have an approved qualification in Speech Pathology.
  • Must be eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia.
  • Must have a current Working with Children's Check.