Job description: Language Therapist Aim and purpose of the job The objective of speech and language therapy is to improve the communication of the children and support the learning in language aspects. There are many children in the home with various language problems. With individual therapy and specific goals, the language therapist (LT) helps the children. It is important to communicate with the teachers and caregivers so that they can help the children as well. At NPH Peru we have a therapy room with the required material, which needs to be shared with the occupational therapist. The LT holds his/her sessions in this room and during the time when the children are not at school. Usually the therapy sessions for babies and adolescents of secondary school are held in the morning and the primary school and kindergarten children receive their therapies in the afternoon. The volunteer will be part of the group “psycho pedagogic” under the directive of our psychologist, with whom he/she needs to have a close communication. Working hours are as follows: Monday through Friday, 8.00 – 18.00 with one hour lunch break from 13.00 – 14.00. On free weekends the working week lasts until Thursday 15.00. Responsibilities
Evaluate recently arrived children if they need speech, feeding/swallowing therapy or support in the learning aspects (language and attention) Follow up the children who already receive therapy Do and plan individual and/or group therapies with children for 30-45 minute sessions Make your own work schedule in dialogue with the members of ‘health services’ Search for proactive solutions with the psychologist and/or house director when problems at school or at home occur at any given point Develop and maintain an efficient report system Work with children with developmental disorders, articulation disorders, dyslexia, receptive/expressive language disorders, autism, apraxia of speech, fetal alcohol syndrome, ADHD, dysphagia, behavior problems and emotional problems etc. Stay in close contact with the other therapists to discuss work methods Attend the regular reunions of ‘health service’ and therapy meetings when requested by the supervisor Collaborate with the other therapists to plan activities, therapy sessions and treatment to reach the outcome of the child Communicate with the caregivers about the children’s behavior, general development and improvement in therapies. Pass on suggestions to improve the development of the children Invite the caregivers to the therapy sessions to educate them on how to improve the learning process of these children Support and train the caregivers to introduce speech or teaching methods Improve the therapy equipment such as therapeutic toys etc. in close cooperation with the home’s administration. Take responsibility for the material Participate in trainings to which you are invited
24 years or older Fluent Spanish; a basic level of English language skills is recommended but not obligatory Diploma and/or license in communication disorders/speech language pathology Intermediate computer skills (word, excel, internet, email) Basic administrative skills Previous experience with speech and language therapy is preferred but not necessary Enjoys working with children Understanding of the situation of the children (respecting their history and seeing their history as a reason for the inappropriate behaviours) Flexibility, patience and creativity Reliability and responsibility Ability give therapies individual and in group Ability to reflect on therapy sessions and to improve and reach the goals Ability to communicate and work together with different specialists and the caregivers Experience with the education of children who display inappropriate behaviours Strong organizational skills and ability to organize and follow work routines and schedules independently Strengths in team work, communication and cooperation skills within an intercultural context Ability to give training to the caregivers if needed Readiness to work in a work environment that is in part characterized by frequently changing colleagues with different professional backgrounds Ability to communicate in a respectful way the needs of the children in the home and school Practice the secret of the professional
Other responsibilities Each volunteer chooses a home in NPH-Peru (group of children of the same age living together) at the beginning of their year. This has been described as the most fulfilling part of volunteering, the bond and relationships formed with their home. This time is during the week daily for one hour and in the weekend during the afternoons. All NPH volunteers receive room and board, access to medical care and a monthly stipend. Volunteers pay for their transportation to and from the home and medical insurance.