Lab Therapist General Summary
Critically appraise research literature to identify appropriate evidence for implementation
Know current evidence base and has skills to seek/review/select new evidence
Can weigh recommendations from researchers related to feasibility, patient appropriateness, and our established SLP evidence base
Understand frameworks for knowledge translation and implications generating practice change
Experts in treatment parameters
Optimal intervention intensity, active ingredients, dose
Impairment, activity, participation factors
Feedback, cueing, errorful/errorless learning
Communicates with innovation center therapists regarding treatment plans
Discusses evidence, patient/family factors, treatment parameters
Verbalizes clinical reasoning to both therapists and research scientists
Cognitive- Communication Therapist Summary
Knows the literature on key instructional principles that guide treatment of patients with cognitive-communication impairments
Implements computer-based training or task specific training in synchrony with metacognitive strategy training
Uses a neurocognitive model to understand patient impairments and strengths and heighten diagnosis of cognitive syndromes or agnosias
Incorporates technology into external strategy training to maximize outcomes
Holds or is interested in obtaining Board Specialty Certification from the Academy of Neurogenic Communication Disorders
Seeks continued education in management of cognitive-communication disorders
Speech Language Pathologist General Summary
Under general supervision, plans, conducts and evaluates program for assigned patients designed to improve patient's communication skills. Assesses patients with communication problems and dysphagia typically of neurogenic origin, develops a treatment program and modifies treatment in accordance with patient progress. Instructs patients' progress and maintains clinical records according to established procedures. Consistently demonstrates support of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (SRALab) statement of Mission and Philosophy by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the SRALab. Demonstrates SRALab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and SRALab Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.
1. Evaluates patient's speech, language and swallowing abilities in order to formulate and conduct treatment plan designed to improve communicative efficiency of patients with communication problems. Establishes patient treatment goals tailored to each patient's needs and capabilities.
2. Demonstrates competency in understanding the growth and development of infant, child, adolescent, and geriatric patients as measured by specific performance standards and as described by department/unit policies and procedures. Demonstrates the ability to interpret growth and development related information to assure patient needs are met.
3. Reviews patient's chart, interviews patient/family and consults with physicians, audiologists and other relevant clinical professionals in order to evaluate patient condition according to standard procedures.
4. Counsels patients, family members/significant others regarding communication deficits and instructs them in proper management techniques.
5. Monitors patient progress, re-establishes goals and revises treatment plan as necessary. Alerts physicians to changes in patient's condition.
6. Maintains clinical records including writing diagnostic reports, progress reports, discharge summaries, re-evaluations and rechecks, summarizing family and professional contact and logging daily statistics and other clinical data.
7. Attends patient team conferences, clinics, inservice education classes and meetings as necessary in order to gather and exchange patient/treatment information. Keeps informed of developments in the field in order to maintain and enhance professional expertise.
8. Adheres to the Code of Ethics established by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
9. Completes successfully the SRALab IS training programs and utilizes SRALab IS in performing job duties, as needed.
10. May serve as clinical practicum supervisor for graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology.
11. May teach in courses sponsored by the Dixon Education and Training Center of the SRALab Academy
12. May participate in research projects
13. May contribute to the profession through organizational activities, education, research and/or publications.
1. Reports to Manager, Allied Health
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required
1. Requires knowledge in diagnoses and types of treatment for speech, language, swallowing and behavior problems of neurologically impaired at a level generally acquired through completion of a Master's or doctoral degree in Speech-Language Pathology from a program accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
2. May hold Clinical Specialty Recognition by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Or certification in neurological communication disorders by the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences
3. Current Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
4. Current Illinois license as Speech-language Pathologist or Temporary license as Speech-Language Pathologist if in Clinical Fellowship Year.
5. Approximately six to twelve months on-the-job experience necessary in order to gain full knowledge of Speech/language techniques and objectives to be able to develop and administer treatment programs.
6. Current CPR certification required.
7. Interpersonal skills necessary in order to communicate effectively with patients and families in providing treatment and with physicians, audiologist and other closely related clinical professionals in order to gather and exchange patient information.
8. Analytical skills necessary in order to administer and evaluate standardized speech/language tests, evaluate patient capabilities, develop treatment plans and monitor patient progress.
9.Ability to lift up to 20 pounds occasionally, and up to 10 pounds frequently to transfer and position patients.
1. Normal patient care environment with little or no exposure to dust or extreme temperature.
2. Some exposure to infectious diseases when working with patients.
3. May include exposure to community, home, work, school and off-site clinic settings.
4. Includes Saturday and Sunday rotation work.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
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