Summary of Duties
Plans and implements specific speech-language pathology treatment programs for the individual patient according to standards of practice. Directs patient participation in selected activities to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance of communication and swallowing; facilitates the learning of those skills and functions essential for optimal functioning. Collaborates with interdisciplinary treatment team.
Essential Job Functions
Provides diagnostic, evaluation, and therapeutic services to inpatients who have been referred by health care providers due to a concern about possible communication deficits and/or feeding/swallowing problems.
Treats seriously impaired patients who have been determined to have deficits in the areas of language comprehension and/or expression, speech sound articulation, voice production, fluency or feeding/swallowing.
Counsels patients and family members regarding patient's status and ways to facilitate more effective communication or eating in the home, school, work or community setting.
Consults and collaborates with other health care professionals to develop appropriate and comprehensive health care plans for patients who have communication and/or feeding problems.
Assists in video fluoroscopy and/or endoscopies of swallowing once appropriate level of clinical expertise obtained.
Facilitates and/or participates in patient/family support groups as needed.
Provides augmentative communication evaluations as well as treatment of patients with augmentative communication needs.
Provides in-services for health care provider staff regarding relevant topics in communicative and/or feeding disorders in adults.
Maintains reporting and charting systems related to patient evaluation, care and progress as required.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology required. Current licensure to practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the State of Alabama.
Minimum of two (2) years of hospital experience preferred.
Physical Requirements for Essential Job Functions
Must be able to transport and/or lift an object intermittently throughout the work day up to a maximum of 20 pounds.
Must be able to walk, stand, and work for extended periods of time without relief.
Must possess dexterity of arms, hands, and fingers bilaterally.
Must possess sight/hearing senses or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so the requirements of this position can be fully met.
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