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High Hopes Development Center

Speech Therapist

High Hopes Development Center


Job Summary

Under the direction of the Director of Clinical Services, the Speech Therapist performs comprehensive evaluations of clients and communicates results and recommendations to parents/family. The Speech Therapist administers therapy in individual and/or groups settings and communicates progress and goals with parents/family and serves as a consultant to teachers in regard to the specific needs of the children.

Job Responsibilities


  • Administers comprehensive Speech Therapy evaluations.
  • Writes comprehensive reports summarizing the details of the evaluation.
  • Communicates results of the evaluation to parents and members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Provides Speech Therapy/ screenings and communicates results and recommendations to parents.


  • Communicates progress and recommends home/classroom activities with parents and members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Reassesses, updates, and discusses goals with family input.
  • Consults and works with SLTs, PTs and OTs as needed.
  • Contributes to the cleanliness, safety, and organization of the therapy clinic and office space.


  • Document Evaluations, Progress Reports and Treatment Notes accurately and according to clinic requirements.


  • Attends bi-yearly IPP meetings for HH school students and provides progress summaries for parents and members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Attends training meetings/sessions as required to maintain licensure.
  • Attends mandatory staff meetings.


  • Serves as consultant to classroom teachers regarding specific needs of the children.
  • Serves as resource regarding positioning and facilitating feeding.

Physical Requirements

  • Transitions on and off floor mats during treatment sessions.
  • Transfers infants 10-20 pounds from the floor mat to carry 30-50 foot distances.
  • Maintains floor sitting postures for 45-60 minute therapy sessions.
  • Transfers patients ranging in size from 50-150 pounds between surfaces and between sitting and standing positions.
  • Can move quickly to prevent patients with cognitive delays or limited safety awareness from self- injury and falls. This may include rising quickly from the floor and making other sudden movements.


  • Works as a team with therapists, teachers, and administration to ensure smooth and safe operation of High Hopes.
  • Communicates with families and others in a positive and consistent manner.
  • Serves as an ambassador for High Hopes to families, other professionals, and the community.
  • Maintains current CPR certification and first aid training.
  • Actively participates in 1 fundraising event at High Hopes.
  • Supervises Feeding Therapy students.
  • Can react to change productively and handle all other duties/essential tasks as assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


M.A./M.S. in Speech Language Pathology; current License in the state of TN; ASHA certification; experience with infants and young children with special needs.


Strong interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals; problem-solving skills; good judgment; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; computer literate with working knowledge of Word and Excel; highly developed organizational, planning, and oral and written communication skills; ability to work effectively with others.

Additional Information


  • 16 Paid Holidays—7 National Holidays and 9 Seasonal Breaks
  • PTO (paid time off)- All exempt and non-exempt associates working more than 30 hours per week on a regular and consistent basis are eligible for PTO accrual. PTO is used as needed for sick and/or vacation leave.
  • Insurance Provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield—Medical ($315 paid by High Hopes), Dental ($15 paid by High Hopes) and Vision (at employee expense).  Supplemental insurance is offered through AFLAC at employee’s expense. 
  • 401k Provided by American Funds– High Hopes does not match employee contributions.  May contribute before tax and after tax Roth. 

How to Apply

Send resume and cover letter to Kristin Garner,


  • Date Posted: May 24, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk