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Full-time Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

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JOB DESCRIPTION:
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This position requires full cooperation and function within a multidisciplinary team whose primary goal is to address the needs of children with disabilities through all aspects of development and achieve life-changing results.  As a part of this multidisciplinary team, the Speech-Language Pathologist is specifically responsible for providing the highest quality of care to each child as appropriate to age and according to the Speech-Language Pathology field of expertise and code of ethics.

 

Job responsibilities include working within different venues for purposes of evaluation, intervention and research including traditional outpatient, nontraditional outpatient (arena, pool, etc), schools, home health, community, etc. under the state licensure board’s scope of practice and code of ethics for speech-language pathologists.

 

Clinical Services:

prevention and pre-referral

screening

assessment/evaluation

consultation

diagnosis

treatment, intervention, management

counseling

collaboration

documentation

referral

Examples of these clinical services include the following and are relevant only according to the needs of the organization and the level of professional comfort and expertise of the individual:

using data to guide clinical decision making and determine the effectiveness of services;

making service delivery decisions (e.g., admission/eligibility, frequency, duration, location, discharge/dismissal);

determining appropriate context(s) for service delivery (e.g., home, school, telepractice, outpatient venue, community);

documenting provision of services in accordance with accepted procedures appropriate for the practice setting;

collaborating with other professionals;

screening individuals for hearing loss or middle ear pathology;

providing intervention and support services for children diagnosed with speech and language disorders;

providing intervention and support services for children diagnosed with auditory processing disorders;

using instrumentation to observe, collect data, and measure parameters of communication and swallowing or other upper aerodigestive functions;

counseling individuals, families, coworkers, educators, and other persons in the community regarding acceptance, adaptation, and decision making about communication and swallowing;

providing referrals and information to other professionals, agencies, and/or consumer organizations;

developing, selecting, and prescribing multimodal augmentative and alternative communication systems, including unaided strategies (e.g., manual signs, gestures) and aided strategies (e.g., speech-generating devices, manual communication boards, picture schedules);

providing services to individuals with hearing loss and their families/caregivers (e.g., auditory training for children with cochlear implants and hearing aids; speechreading; speech and language intervention secondary to hearing loss; visual inspection and listening checks of amplification devices for the purpose of troubleshooting, including verification of appropriate battery voltage);

addressing behaviors (e.g., perseverative or disruptive actions) and environments (e.g., classroom seating, positioning for swallowing safety or attention, communication opportunities) that affect communication and swallowing;

selecting, fitting, and establishing effective use of prosthetic/adaptive devices for communication and swallowing (e.g., tracheoesophageal prostheses, speaking valves, electrolarynges; this service does not include the selection or fitting of sensory devices used by individuals with hearing loss or other auditory perceptual deficits, which falls within the scope of practice of audiologists;

providing services to modify or enhance communication performance

Speech-language pathologists also serve as educators, administrators, and researchers. Example activities for these roles include:

educating the public regarding communication and swallowing;

educating and providing in-service training to families, caregivers, and other professionals;

, supervising, and mentoring current and future speech-language pathologists in conjunction with HOPE Landing’s allied health program;

educating, supervising, and managing speech-language pathology assistants and other support personnel; educating

fostering public awareness of communication and swallowing disorders and their treatment;

serving as expert witnesses;

administering and managing clinical and academic programs;

developing policies, operational procedures, and professional standards;

conducting basic and applied/translational research related to communication sciences and disorders, and swallowing.

The Speech-Language Pathologist must comply with all corporate policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook, the Administrative Policy and Procedure Handbook, Medicaid and HIPPA manuals, and all other policies and procedures pertaining to HOPE Landing programs as related to the employee’s involvement and job responsibilities.

 

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

 

·         Knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques and professional standards in the field of speech-language pathology

·         Knowledge of disability, ethnic, and cultural issues

·         Ability to communicate effectively with people of various socio-economic and educational backgrounds

·         Ability to initiate, nurture and grow healthy relationships with diverse populations

·         Ability to maintain a professional demeanor during emotionally charged situations

·         Ability to effectively communicate orally and in written form

·         Ability to prioritize multiple projects and work in an environment with regular interruptions

·         Ability to initiate and follow through with established plans

·         Ability to meet required timelines

·         Ability to manage and organize detailed information and time

·         Ability to effectively coordinate and collaborate with multiple groups

·         Ability to work independently and as a part of a team

·         Ability to assimilate and organize information, maintain records

·         Ability to problem-solve and implement strategies for resolution under pressure

·         Skill in operating a computer and various supporting software packages

 

Physical Requirements:

 

·         Full capacity of physical strength and range of motion for lifting, transferring, and assisting clients during day-to-day intervention and interaction

·         Hippotherapy/Side-walking during equestrian-related activities, client mobility, transfers, and ambulation

·         Travel for school contracts, home health, and other reasons requiring a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle insurance

Must be licensed in the State of Arkansas

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