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Speech Language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA)

Description

POSITION SUMMARY:
Under the supervision of the Licensed Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), the Speech Pathology Assistant treats patients according to a treatment plan developed by the supervising Speech-Language Pathologist and approved by the attending physician.
JOB SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Ensures that any change in patient condition or unusual circumstances is reported immediately to the charge nurse.
• Demonstrates ability to apply speech pathology procedures in individual and group treatment sessions.
• Provides age-appropriate therapeutic interventions in individual and group treatment sessions.
• Provides patient and family education on tasks and resources that will assist with continued functional independence.
• Maintains the cleanliness of various instruments and equipment per hospital/facility policy.
• Demonstrates knowledge of speech pathology equipment utilized in different procedures.
• Utilizes resources appropriately and uses/maintains equipment in order to prolong working life.
• Completes all required documentation of patient care according to accepted regulatory, corporate, and professional guidelines.
• Resolves, with assistance from the SLP, Director of Rehabilitation Services, or the Cognitive Psychology Program Director, areas of concern or conflict with patients’ families and/or co-workers in a professional, proactive, and courteous manner.
• Accepts direction from supervisors and other management team members in a positive and professional manner.
• Communicates with the SLP, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Cognitive Psychology Program Director, physicians and other health team members regarding patient progress, problems, and plans.
• Participates as necessary in patient care conferences.
• Participates in in-service training programs.
• Participates in discharge planning.
• Establish and instruct caregivers in patient specific maintenance and treatment programs.
• Secure necessary durable medical equipment and adaptive equipment for patients to facilitate independence.
• Provides clear, appropriate, and effective instructions to technicians and direct-care staff as indicated.
• Meets all deadlines to ensure compliance with administrative requests not addressed elsewhere.
• Assists program director in managing and developing departmental budges.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

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Job Requirements

Experience

• Prefer six (6) months experience working in a hospital/rehabilitation setting.

Education Required

• Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a program of study designed for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.

Additional Information

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION:
• Current licensure as a Speech Therapist Assistant in the state of Texas.
• SAMA certified within 30 days of employment.
• Must be certified in AHA BLS/CPR.
• Must maintain current certification in good standing during employment with this facility, or, obtain within 30 days of hire.