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ASD Early Intervention / Communication Specialist

South Shore Regional Centre for Education

The South Shore Regional Centre for Education (SSRCE) practices the culturally responsive pedagogy approach in providing an inclusive, diverse, equitable, safe and healthy education that supports learning and success both personally and academically to the 59,000 residents of Lunenburg and Queens Counties, an area of 5,250 square kilometres and a total of 23 schools.

Regional Centres for Education have Employment Equity Policies and/or processes and we actively encourage applications from under-represented groups, particularly people of African Nova Scotian, African Canadian and African ancestry and Mi'kmaw/Indigenous ancestry. Please ensure that you complete the self-identification portion on the position application.

ASD Early Intervention / Communication Specialist

  • Permanent
  • Req# 59842

Date: June 11, 2021

Location: Bridgewater, NS, CA, B4V 0A2

Position: ASD Early Intervention / Communication Specialist

Reports to: Coordinator of Student Services

Employee Group: NSTU

Application Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 06/14/2021 at 11:59pm.

Effective Date(s) (mm/dd/yyyy): 08/01/2021

Position Type: 100% Permanent


  • Provides support to students diagnosed with ASD who have language and communication and social skill challenges who are transitioning into school and who require programming support in the first few years of public school education.
  • Provides support to teachers and Teaching Support Teams in the development and implementation of communication programming and specific teaching strategies for identified students.
  • Contributes to the assessment and individualized program planning process with school staff and families to maximize learning experiences for students with ASD.


  • A Master's Degree or equivalent in Speech Language Pathology
  • Eligible for Nova Scotia Teacher Certification.
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience working in school settings with children with ASD.
  • Current knowledge of ASD, the impact on learning, communication and social engagement for young children ASD in public school settings.
  • Familiarity with traditional and contemporary ABA approaches including the STAR Program, Verbal Behaviour, PRT and other naturalistic behavioural interventions.
  • Has taken or willing to take the ASD online course ASD and Behavioural Interventions: An Introduction for School Personnel


  • Works in collaborative, culturally responsive and inclusive ways with the ASD Specialist, classroom and learning support teachers to develop programming for students with ASD in transitioning from pre-primary to primary and in grades Primary-3.
  • Establish, demonstrate, model and evaluate interventions for identified students in whole class, targeted small group and 1:1 setting
  • Provide programming and assessment of progress support to the student planning and teaching support teams.
  • Maintain data and progress reports for students on caseload.
  • Work respectfully and collaboratively with administration, classroom teachers, learning support teachers, and school-based specialist staff (i.e., SLPs, ASD Specialists/Autism Support Teachers, School Psychologists).
  • Provide on-going coaching and professional learning opportunities to school staff regarding language, communication, and social skill interventions and supports for students with ASD.
  • Keep current and pursue continuing education and professional development in ASD and other areas of education pertinent to the position.
  • Carry out other responsibilities as designated by the Student Services Coordinator in the RCE.


  • Proven ability to work as a contributing member of Teaching Support and Student Planning teams
  • The ability to apply training and experience to develop and implement individualized communication programs and teaching strategies based on the individual needs of students
  • Excellent communication (written, oral and electronic), problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of Provincial and Regional Education Centre policies, guidelines and procedures and the rights and responsibilities of parents, students, teachers, and schools as they relate to individuals with diverse learning needs

  • Complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


The South Shore Regional Centre for Education requires that all newly hired employees provide a satisfactory Child Abuse Register Check and Criminal Record / Vulnerable Sector Checks. If you have current ones less than 3 months old you can attach these checks to your profile / resume.

To apply please complete the online profile/resume. You can attach a resume to your profile, security checks, and reference letters if applicable (Please note: Failure to include your references will cause delay in processing your application.)

We thank you for your interest in the posted vacancy. The appointment to this vacancy will be according to Article 47 of the Teachers Provincial Agreement.

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