JOB TITLE:  Speech Therapist     

JOB SUMMARY: Speech Therapist will work to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults as prescribed by referring physician. Speech Therapy treatments intend to restore function and prevent disability following disease or injury.  Will assists patients to obtain maximum performance and function in society while learning to live a routine “normal” life within the constraints of their disability.  Speech Therapist participates in performance improvement activities within the department and participates in CQI activities.  Speech therapist provides information related to departmental budget considerations in relationship to Speech Pathology evaluation and treatment.  Therapist will participate in infection control, safety and educational programs, both in the department and on an organizational basis.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Upon physician referral, performs patient evaluations to determine problems and goals. Able to assess patient pain interfering with optimal level of function or participation in rehabilitation - makes appropriate physician contact for intervention. Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors. Prepares reports related to Speech/Language Pathology activities, including performance improvement activities. Documents appropriately in the medical record for all Speech/Language Pathology treatments, assessments and evaluations performed for the inpatient and outpatient population. Formulates a teaching plan based upon identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning, family is included in teaching as appropriate. Develops and implements effective treatment programs in consultation with physicians.  Treats patients in accordance with Speech/Language Pathology standards of care and practice. Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity.  Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families. Confers with the individuals most closely associated with the patient and keeps them informed on patient needs, treatment modifications and progress. Performs examinations such as swallowing examinations accurately and communicates results timely to all appropriate members of the healthcare team. Interacts professionally with patient/family and involves patient/family in the formation of the plan of care. Intercedes for the patient when dietary revisions are necessary to prevent aspiration.

PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. 

GENERAL

Language Skills:

  • Ability to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, Excellent interpersonal skills., Excellent presentation skills.

Physical Demands:

  • For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, see attached.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.

SUPERVISION 

Reports to Rehabilitation Department Manager