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The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) evaluates clients, develops plans of care, and performs speech pathologist treatments. This position assesses and treats individuals with disorders associated with the voice, fluency, language, cognitive, communication, speech and swallowing.
1) Design, implement and evaluate speech therapy programming for clients.
a. Use special instruments and qualitative and quantitative assessment methods, including standardized tests, to analyze and diagnose the nature and extent of impairments.
b. Create and execute speech pathology plans and programs including oral motor strengthening, linguistic skills, swallowing techniques, and cognitive training.
c. Recommend clients for a video swallow fluoroscopy and assess results for treatment modification.
d. Develop an individualized plan of care tailored to each client's needs.
e. Perform diet texture analysis and provide recommendations for safe swallowing techniques.
2) Serve as a resource for clients, caregivers, and staff.
a. Provide explanatory instruction, training and discharge planning to clients, caregivers and staff as appropriate. Inform or assist in obtaining needed equipment.
b. Collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary team in the delivery of patient care to maximize functional outcomes.
c. Coordinate the development and provision of in-service speech therapy training for the facility's professional and paraprofessional staff.
d. Counsel individuals and their families concerning specific disorders related to speech, language, swallowing, cognitive and communication and how to cope with the stress and misunderstanding that often accompany those disorders.
e. Work with family members and staff to recognize and change behavior patterns that impede communication and treatment and show them communication-enhancing techniques.
f. Attend client care conferences as directed.
3) Create and maintain a variety of client documents to meet Federal, State and regulatory compliance, including evaluations, progress notes, discharge summary, and supervisory/observation notes.
a. Review and chart improvement reports on clients, including progress toward identified objectives.
4) Develop, implement and assist in new program/techniques to enhance speech therapy services.
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