Administers speech and language therapy treatments to patients as per physician's orders using modalities and techniques appropriate for the individual patient.
Makes an initial and periodic evaluation of the patient's speech and language and rehabilitation needs. Sets long and short term goals in measurable terms and adjusts treatment plans accordingly.
Instructs patients, significant others and/or ancillary help in the home in activities which can be safely carried out by them between treatment visits. (The therapist must leave clear, concise, written instructions to reinforce verbal instructions.)
Submits documentation for services provided according to Agency protocol.
Makes recommendations for referrals to other disciplines when appropriate.
Consults with the Rehabilitation Therapies Coordinator and nursing staff, in order to make joint decisions regarding continuation of, or dismissal from care when the need for speech therapist treatment is no longer necessary.
Communicates regularly with nurse coordinator per Agency protocol.
Assist with the orientation and/or guidance of new staff members professional and no-professional, nursing students, volunteers, and special visitors.
Participates in continuing education programs and provides feedback to assist management in program planning and development.
Acts as a patient advocate.
Participates in selected public relations activities.
Participates in selected areas of community health research.
Perform related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelors Degree from an accredited Speech Therapy program and one (1) year experience as a Speech and Language Pathologist in a hospital or rehabilitation setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Current license to practice as a Registered Speech Language-Pathologist in New York State.