This position is responsible for evaluating, developing, and implementing functional speech therapy programs for people served, aged birth through adult, within the therapy area of the Medical Services Department in accordance with the organization’s Mission and Core Values, utilizing Person-Centered Practices.
KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS
Evaluate, develop, and implement functional speech therapy programs.
•Evaluates needs in the areas of: oral motor development, articulation, phonology, auditory processing, expressive and receptive language skills, pragmatic skills, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), cognitive communication, voice, feeding and swallowing.
•Develops and implements programs as part of a comprehensive team.
•Uses evidence-based therapy practices appropriate to treatment goals and plan of care.
•Evaluates and monitors conditions and maintenance of assistive technology used by the people served, recommending appropriate adjustments and improvements.
•Works closely with parents/guardians and external agencies to discuss therapy programs, individualized education or family service plan (IEPs, IFSPs) goals, progress, assistive technology and other recommendations, as well as with physicians and primary nurses to meet the medical needs of people served.
•Documents therapy evaluations, sessions, progress notes, and discharge information, and communicates plan changes to the family and team. Prepares and updates therapy records and agency documents.
•Supervises, trains and evaluates daily work activities of student therapists, CF candidates and other professionals as needed. Provides job shadow experiences for pre-therapy students.
•Prepares and conducts training in-services and programs for other professionals, families and visitors, and provides leadership and support in specific areas of program development as assigned.
•Performs related duties, including accompanying patients/students to therapy-related appointments or events, maintaining orderliness of assigned therapy areas, making recommendations for modifications and accommodations, advocacy, attending multidisciplinary team meetings, maintaining required trainings and certifications, and identifying needs for required equipment and supplies.
MEASURES OF PERFORMANCE
•Regulatory Chart Audits and Reviews
•Infection Control Practices
•People Served Feedback/Client Goal Attainment
•General Public Feedback
•Adherence to Mission and Core Values
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Work may be performed in a therapy environment, bedside on the Specialty Hospital unit, in a classroom, outside, at a day care, in a residential facility, and/or home. This position has extensive personal contact with patients, family members, educational personnel, and other healthcare staff when implementing individual therapy programs.
This position has been evaluated as a Level I in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) definition of Occupational Exposure to blood borne pathogens).
Level I: Positions in this category are required to perform tasks which involve exposure to blood, potentially infectious body fluids, or hazardous waste.
Requires full range of body motion including the ability to stoop, kneel, reach, stand and walk for extensive periods of time; push, pull and grasp items, finger dexterity, eye/hand coordination, and the ability to assist in lifting patients weighing 35 pounds, using proper body mechanics.
Note: Job Descriptions are not exhaustive lists of all skills, responsibilities, or efforts associated with a job. They reflect principle job elements essential for performing the job and evaluating performance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
•Knowledge of typical and atypical development in a variety of area addressed in speech therapy (i.e., oral motor, feeding/swallowing, voice, communication, language, cognition, etc.).
•Knowledge of ASHA Scope of Practice, ASHA Code of Ethics, and governing guidelines of the SD Speech-Language Pathology licensing board.
•Knowledge of state and federal regulations and guidelines.
•Technical competence to use computers and software utilized by the organization.
•Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with other professionals, families, and people served of varying ages and diagnoses.
•Time management skills.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from an accredited Speech-Language Pathology program. Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) or eligible to enter Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY), and eligible for a South Dakota Speech-Language Pathology license. Valid South Dakota driver’s license and clean driving record required. Prior Speech Therapy experience with pediatric population preferred. May be asked to complete Professional Crisis Management (PCM) training