Plans and administers medically prescribed speech-language therapy treatment for patients suffering from speech, language, or alternative communication problems, cognitive-linguistic deficits, and/or swallowing difficulties due to injury, disease, abuse, or delay by performing the following duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Reviews physician's referral (prescription), patient's condition, and medical records to determine speech-language therapy treatment required. This may include the following skills; speech articulation/phonology, oral-motor strength/coordination/range of motion/motor sequencing, language development, auditory comprehension, reading comprehension, auditory processing, expressive communication (verbal, written, signed, and/or augmentative/alternative) including morphology, semantics, and syntax, visual/verbal/written memory, visual/verbal/written sequencing, verbal/written/numerical reasoning, word finding, pragmatics, voice,fluency, and swallowing.
Integrates evaluation, examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention to maximize patient outcomes.
Evaluates and diagnoses speech, language, cognitive-linguistic, and swallowing skills as related to medical, educational, social, and psychological factors.
Administers, scores, and interprets specialized hearing and speech tests.
Reviews individual file to obtain background information to determine appropriate tests.
Teaches manual sign language to client or others incapable of speaking.
Administers or assists with videofluoroscopy evaluations/modified barium swallow studies.
Plans, directs, and/or implements individualized rehabilitative treatment programs to meet individual needs, interests, and abilities. Develop and/or restore communicative efficiency of individuals with communication, cognitive linguistic, and/or swallowing problems of organic and non-organic etiology.
Establishes a written plan of care that includes patient and family involvement in determining realistic, specific, functional, and measurable goals.
Assists patients, families, and medical staff with diet modifications needed for safe oral intake of nutrition.
Instructs, motivates, and assists patient and family members in treatment plan and home program, and provides written direction when necessary. May provide treatment in a home setting.
Records treatments, responses, and progress in patient's chart. Maintains records as required by law, organization policy, and administrative regulations.
Reviews treatment plans, and assesses individual performance to modify, change, or write new programs, and performs reassessments in a timely manner.
Attends meetings and conferences and participates in other activities to promote professional growth.
Acts as consultant to educational, medical, and other professional groups, particularly school personnel to incorporate speech and language development into daily schedule.
Establishes an early discharge plan involving patient, family and other appropriate services and implements discharge in a timely manner.
Assists department manager in program development, efficient operation of the department, as well as updating or creating policies/procedures and forms.
Appropriately delegates, orients, instructs, and directs work activities of assistants, aides, secretary and students.
Follows ethical/legal standards of practice per ASHA guidelines.
Participates in QA/PI activities to ensure improved quality of patient care.
Supports the policies and procedures of the organization and the standards of JCAHO as required for full accreditation. Supports JCAHO objectives.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties required by their supervisors.
Considers age-related factors in care, treatment, education, and evaluation of patients ranging from neonates, pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Applies knowledge of age-related factors appropriately in accordance with professional standards and departmental policies and procedures.
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, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
MA or MS degree from accredited college or university.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence. Current MN registration. CPR certification.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds, frequently move and/or lift up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Performs a Class II job as classified by OSHA and may be exposed to Class II hazards.